'I come from a family where most of the women's business is threading traditional beads. My mum was no exception. I was attracted to this craft by the manner and passion with which she threaded beads. When I was nine years old she took me gradually through the different threading stages. I could only string a strand together and put it around my neck. I enjoyed doing this so much so, that when I returned from school, I would work with beads for at least two hours before my studies.'