Yes, these are beads made from paper. They are made by my sister with lots of patience, time and care to ensure that every beads are special with their own colours and designs. They are hand coloured, cut, roll, glue and coated with double glaze and finally strung with transparent flexible string. It takes a lot of effort to produce each and every beads. The smaller they are, the more difficult it is to make. Same goes as Barbie dolls' clothes, why are they expensive with such a small piece of fabric, well now you know.....the smaller they are, the more effort needed to complete.