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    Patterned Brown Terracotta Beads (14mm)

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    Amazing strand of brown color patterned terracotta beads. Beautifully handcrafted, each bead may have a different number of stripes evocative of a ...

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    Zebra Design Batik Bone Beads (Large)

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    Checkout these beautiful large bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is ...

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    Criss Cross Eye Carved Bone Beads (Large)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of bone beads from Kenya. East African bone beads are handcrafted by artisans using recycled cow bone. Each bead is in...

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    Swirl Design Batik Bone Beads (Flags)

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    Checkout these beautiful batik bone beads from Africa! Each strand is approximately 28" long, and the beads measure about 2 cm in length.

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    Zebra Design Batik Bone Beads (Small)

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    Checkout these beautiful small bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is...

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    Striped Carved Brown Bone Beads (Large)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of bone beads from Kenya. East African bone beads are handcrafted by artisans using recycled cow bone. Each bead is in...

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    Tribal Carved Brown Bone Beads (Large)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of bone beads from Kenya. East African bone beads are handcrafted by artisans using recycled cow bone. Each bead is in...

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    Star Design Batik Bone Beads (Small)

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    Checkout these beautiful small bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is...

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    White Bone Beads (Ring)

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    Admire this unusual strand of bone rings from Kenya. While Kenyan bone beads are common in a variety of shapes and styles, these beads come in a ha...

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    Polka Dot Design Batik Bone Beads (Elongated)

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    Checkout these beautiful elongated bone batik beads from Africa! Each strand is approximately 32 inches long, and the beads measure about 2-3 cm in...

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    Grey Camel Bone Ring Beads (Set of 4)

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    Take a moment to appreciate these fantastic Grey Camel Bone Rings. Each Bone Ring has been individually carved by a master artisan making them trul...

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    Ostrich Egg Shell Heishi, African Trade Beads

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    Checkout these beautiful Ostrich Egg Shells from Africa! They are handmade from Kenya, Africa. These beads are strung on sisal and could even be wo...

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    Eye Batik Bone Beads (Small)

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    Checkout these beautiful small bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is...

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    Eye Design Batik Bone Beads (Large)

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    Checkout these beautiful large bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is ...

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    Zebra Batik Bone Beads (Barrel)

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    Admire this unusual strand of bone beads from Kenya. While Kenyan bone beads are common in a variety of shapes and styles, these beads come in a ha...

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    Traditional Batik Bone Beads (Large)

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    Checkout these beautiful large bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is ...

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    Grey Bone Beads (Elongated)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of bone beads from Kenya. While Kenyan bone beads are common in a variety of shapes and styles, these beads come in a ...

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    Polkadot Batik Bone Beads (Flags)

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    Checkout these beautiful batik bone beads from Africa! Each strand is approximately 28" long, and the beads measure about 2cm in both directions. P...

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    Criss Cross Design White Bone Beads (Large)

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    Checkout these beautiful White Bone from Kenya, Africa! The strand is approximately 24" long, and each bead is about 23-25mm in diameter. Some stra...

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    Dark Teal Recycled Paper Beads from Uganda

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    Beautiful strand of blue recycled paper beads. These beads are made using recycled newspapers by working mothers in Uganda. Each bead is fair trade...

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    Kenya White Bone Beads (Bamboo)

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    White Bone Nugget Beads (8mm) - Long Strand

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    Checkout these beautiful small white bone beads from Africa shaped in a hard-to-find roundish size! Each each long strand measures approximately 30...

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    Dark Brown Kenya Bone Beads (Circular)

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    These beads are made of bone and come from Kenya, Africa. The design is created through a dying method known as "batik", which is a wax relief pro...

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    Traditional Batik Bone Beads (Sphere)

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Kenya Beads are beads originating in the East African nation of Kenya. Kenya has a diverse culture consisting of as many as 42 different ethnic groups including the Nilotic Maasai people who are one of the better-known tribes. The major Kenyan populations can be classified as the Bantus, Nilotes, and Cushites. Beads play an important role in Kenya’s culture and are a widespread form of artistic expression. For example, among the Maasai, beads are often used as fashion accessories and may be found as earrings or other traditional ornaments for both women and men.

Several major types of beads are currently made in Kenya. The Batik Bone Bead is a handcrafted bead that is made by dying bleached and polished cow bone. The Batik method refers to the use of a wax coating to create various patterns and designs such as stripes and whorls. An alternative name for these beads is Mudcloth Beads since a similar dying process can be used to pattern textiles. Many of these bone beads come from Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. Similarly, a number of metal beads have also been produced in Kenya including the copper, brass, and other Metal Hishi Beads. Borana tinsmiths in the northern parts of Kenya are known for making many small beads using the material from recycled aluminum cooking pots.

The Turkana people of northwest Kenya are one ethnic group that is especially known for its rich tradition of adornment including beading. They are Kenya’s third largest tribe. In Turkana society clothing is used to distinguish between different age groups, marital status, and economic position. Women often wear multicolored necklaces and also wear beads in their hair. There is also a tradition to wear Ostrich Eggshell Beads as part of one’s undergarments. The many different shapes and sizes of beads in Turkana society reflect different meanings. Many of these African beads were acquired through traditional trading practices especially pink Venetian glass beads and Blue Annular Beads worn to this day by Borana Tribal Elders.