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Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads Long Cylinders Africa

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Type of Object bovine cow bone
Made In Kenya
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Late 20th-early 21st century
Overall Condition Good.
Bead Size 6-7 mm wide. 2mm hole.See picture with ruler for size comparison.
Strand Length 26 inches (including 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:
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.

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.