|Title||Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads Long Cylinders Africa|
|Type of Object||bovine cow bone|
|Approximate Age||Late 20th-early 21st century|
|Bead Size||6-7 mm wide. 2mm hole.See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||26 inches (including string/raffia).|
Picture is an example. Yours will be similar.
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.