Bead Nation: The Portland-Based Company Bringing Beads to Designers and Supporting Indigenous Cultures


Portland’s Celia Moret-Ferguson aims to establish a mobile bead store that will transport customers to cultures afar via its unique bead selection. According to her, each unique region in the world has a rich tradition of adornment. Thus, every bead carries a multifaceted history — from where the bead was manufactured, where it was traded, its meaning, what it was used for, and how it has since been passed along to where it is today. She says that the connections you make while in search of these beads continue the story.  The inventory of her store will be heavily influenced by beads manufactured and sold from around the world purchased from vendors who support indigenous community artisans. Celia is currently attempting to fund this venture via the crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo.

The store will be called Bead Nation to reflect its global focus. Its primary service will be bead retail, but it will also sell necklaces and offer classes and workshops. The shop will be entirely powered by solar energy, goods will be reasonably priced, and some of the proceeds will go towards charities that are in-line with its mission to aid and uplift low-income artisans and indigenous communities. It’s typical of Portland in its emphasis upon ethical living. Check it out at


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