Frafra Leatherwork and Brass Bangles
by Fred T. Smith
Kent State University
Brass bangles may also become a symbol for a deceased individual--male or female--and can be used as a focal point on an ancestral shrine. Brass bangles were usually commissioned directly from the brass worker by a local customer or by itinerant trades people who would then sell them in the market place. By the 2nd quarter of the 20th century there was a sharp decline in the production of bangles, in large part the result of less brass being available. However, some brass casters are still producing smaller bangles.