|Title||Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads Cylinder Star Kenya Africa|
|Type of Object||bovine cow bone|
|Approximate Age||20th Century|
|Overall Condition||Good to fair. 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||5-7 mm diameter. 2-3 mm hole. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||Minimum 26 inches (includes string/raffia)|
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.