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8 Bone Trade Beads Loose Round Mudcloth Batik Kenyan African

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Title 8 Bone Trade Beads Loose Round Mudcloth Batik Kenyan African
Type of Object Camel or bovine bone
Made In Kenya
Approximate Age Contemporary
Overall Condition Fair to 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.
Bead Size 18-26 mm diameter. 14-19 mm P-P. See picture with penny for size comparison.


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.

These beads would make great use for the “batik” technique. 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.