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Toho Aiko Seed Beads

In addition to Treasure Beads, Toho offers another line of cylindrical beads called "Aiko Beads" that have been designed especially for bead weaving.

 

Aiko Beads are top-quality beads manufactured with dedicated, state-of-the art machinery. To honor the company's president's determination to make these the finest beads in the world, they have named these beautiful, delicate beads after Aiko, his beloved wife.

 

The Toho Company invested in a specialized machine that cost over half a million dollars to produce the Aiko bead. They come out totally consistent in size and shape making them a pleasure to work with.

Since they are totally consistent in shape and size, weaving with them is a delight, and the resulting woven piece has a wonderfully smooth, silken finish. Aiko Beads are available in the same colors as Treasure Beads. Perhaps you have heard of the consistency of Toho's Aiko Beads and are wondering if its really true? Well, I was skeptical too, but after handling and working with them I can tell you that it is! They are absolutely perfect! There is no culling necessary, as every bead it just as it should be. And they have nicely rounded off edges so they will not cut threads when weaving with them.

They are slightly more expensive, but the consistency and quality more than make up for the expense. Aiko's are 10.5/0, they are larger than 11/0 but smaller than a 10/0 and for that reason will not work symetrically with Delicas or Treasures. They can be intermingled for a textural look, if that is what is desired.

Toho is currently producing over 1000 colors in the Aiko line. We are building up our stock to better serve our customers, so please let us know if there are colors you would like us to carry and we will put them on the top of our order list.

 

The images below illustrate the difference between the Aiko Bead and other cylinder beads. The Aiko (the top or left one) is very consistent, while other cylinder beads miss the mark.

 

We offer Toho Aiko's in 5 gram tubes or bags, to make it possible to best serve our customers.  The more you purchase, the deeper the discount. There are approximately 180 beads per gram, so about 900 beads per tube!

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 Aiko - #0001F Clear T MA 
 Aiko - #0001F Clear T MA 

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 Aiko - #0002CF Topaz T MA 
 Aiko - #0002CF Topaz T MA  

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 Aiko - #0003L Darkest Caribbean Blue T 
 Aiko - #0003L Darkest Caribbean Blue T 

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 Aiko - #0005F Ruby Hyacinth T MA 
 Aiko - #0005F Ruby Hyacinth T MA 

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 Aiko - #0006B Medium Amethyst T 
 Aiko - #0006B Medium Amethyst T 

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 Aiko - #0007F Kelly Green T MA 
 Aiko - #0007F Kelly Green T MA 

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 Aiko - #0110B Amethyst TL 
 Aiko - #0110B Amethyst TL 

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 Aiko - #0166B Amethyst TR 
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 Aiko - #0026BF Amethyst TSL MA 
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 Aiko - #0090 Amethyst Gunmetal  M 
 Aiko - #0090 Amethyst Gunmetal M 

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 Aiko - #0995 Aqua TGL R 
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 Aiko - #0104 Aqua TL 
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 Aiko - #PF569 Permanent Finish Turquoise GA MA 
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 Aiko - #0029B Black Diamond TSL 
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 Aiko - #0993 Black Diamond/ Bronze ICL 
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 Aiko - #0369 Black Diamond / Orange Cream ICL 
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 Aiko - #0246 Black Diamond / Yellow OP ICL 
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 Aiko - #0999 Black Diamond TGL R 
 Aiko - #0999 Black Diamond TGL R 

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 Aiko - #0043F Blue Turquoise OP MA 
 Aiko - #0043F Blue Turquoise OP MA  

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 Aiko - #0124B Blue Turpuoise OPL 
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 Aiko - #0083 Bronze MR 
 Aiko - #0083 Bronze MR  

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 Aiko - #0789 Cantaloupe ICL 
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 Aiko - #0012 Citrine T 
 Aiko - #0012 Citrine T  

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 Aiko - #0012F Citrine T MA 
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 Aiko - #0773F Clear R MA / Blue Topaz ICL 
 Aiko - #0773F Clear R MA / Blue Topaz ICL  

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 Aiko - #1804 Emerald R/Lime ICL 
 Aiko - #1804 Emerald R/Lime ICL  

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 Aiko - #0167B Grass Green T 
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 Aiko - #0009B Gray T 
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 Aiko - #1809 Light Amethyst/Copper R ICL 
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 Aiko - #1616 Light Cornflower OP 
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 Aiko - #0622F Light Peach L MA 
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 Aiko - #1611 Light Turquoise OP 
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 Aiko - #1627F Lime R MA L/Pink ICL 
 Aiko - #1627F Lime R MA L/Pink ICL 

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 Aiko - #1610 Moss OP 
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 Aiko - #PF2105 Permanent Finish Milky Baby Pink TSL 
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 Aiko - #1824 Pink R/Hyacinth ICL 
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 Aiko - #0762 Rich Cream OP MA 
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 Aiko - #1606 Tuscan Orange OPL 
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 Aiko - #0413 Turquoise OPR 
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 Aiko - #0108BD Teal TL 
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 Aiko #PF557F Permanent Finish Gold GA MA 
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 Aiko - #1805 Peridot R/Light Green ICL 
 Aiko - #1805 Peridot R/Light Green ICL  

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 Aiko - #0161 Clear TR 
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 Aiko - #0021 Clear TSL 
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 Aiko - #0021F Clear TSL MA 
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 Aiko - #0048 Cobalt Blue OP 
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 Aiko - #0048F Cobalt OP MA 
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 Aiko - #0222 Copper Bronze M 
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