I’m interested in the manufacture, sales and use of beads in the ancient Indus Valley, particularly during the mature Harappan Civilization.
Would beads have been manufactured predominantly by men or women at the time?
I’m referring primarily to Carnelian, Quartz and Stone beads, but I’d be happy to hear any information about any bead production at the time, or indeed broader jewellery production.

Were those beads sold in an ancient version of a jewellery store or would they have been sold on the streets?
Would the beads have been sold by men or women?
Were these sorts of beads and other jewellery worn mostly by women or would men have also worn them?
Were the beads mostly for jewellery or were they used as currency etc?

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