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Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads Kenya Africa 34 Inch

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Type of Object bovine cow bone
Made In Kenya
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 20th Century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Damage/Repair Scratches, minor chips, see photos for more details.
Bead Size 7-9 mm diameter. 2-3 mm hole size(measurement is approximate). See picture with ruler for size comparison.
Strand Length 34 inches (includes string/raffia)
Brand Unbranded
Style Beads
Type Strand of Beads

Picture is an example. Yours will be similar.

This strand is not intended to be a ready-to-wear necklace. Although the strand can be worn "as is," the string holding it together is not durable and may break with use. For this reason, we recommend that you restring the beads before wearing them.


Additional Information: Mudcloth beads are made of bone and are created in Africa using a “batik” technique. Wax is painted onto the bead to create a design, then the remaining surface is darkened with a vegetable dye. Once the dye is set, the wax is removed. The resulting graphic is reminiscent of the African “bogolanfini” fabric known as mudcloth.

For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.

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