|Title||Mudcloth Batik Bone Beads Disk Africa 30 Inch|
|Type of Object||bovine cow bone|
|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||Surface scratches, some slight decoration loss, and general wear|
|Bead Size||4-11 mm wide. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||30 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.