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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13483

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13482

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13481

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13479

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13478

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13476

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    White Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #13473

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    Mali Clay Beads

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    With their rich, earthy terracotta and brown tones, these tiny 3mm Mali Clay Beads are extremely versatile for 'nature' and 'eco' inspired projects...

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    Old Mali Stone Beads (11-17mm)

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    Mali Stone beads are said to be centuries old because they seem to have been made in a very primitive way. This strand of African beads is approxim...

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    Carnelian Medallion Spade Stone Beads (17-27mm)

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    Admire these Carnelian Heart Shaped beads which are made of 100% natural agate stone. Take note of their beautiful tone and rustic appeal. These be...

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    Ancient Quartz Mali Stone Disk Beads (8-11mm)

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    These old stone beads are both colorful and unusual. Natural stone was among the earliest materials used by ancient cultures to make beads for pers...

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    Blue Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #12575

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    Blue Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads #12573

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    Ancient Graduated White Djenne Beads (3-10mm)

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient region in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are sai...

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    Yellow Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads (Unique)

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    These ancient glass beads are said to be hundreds of years old (1200 - 1600 A.D. approximately) and are also known as Fouille beads by African trad...

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    Blue Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads (Limited Edition)

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    These authentic Djenne beads derive their name from the ancient city in Mali where they are found. Also known locally as Nila beads, they are said ...

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    Green Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads (Unique)

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    Take a moment to marvel at the true craftsmanship of these alluring Ancient Green Djenne Seed Beads. Seed Beads like this are very unique and very ...

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Mali is home to many exotic bead markets. Below are African beads from Mali. A large variety of trade beads are found in the West African nation of Mali. These include Wedding Beads, Clay Beads, Stone Beads, Brass Beads, Vaseline Beads, Dogon Beads and many other styles. Some of these beads are produced locally and others were brought to Mali through foreign trade. A number of sub-Saharan ethnic groups make up the population of Mali including the Bambara, Soninke, Khassonke, Malinke, Dogon, and a number of smaller groups.

Mali Wedding Beads are especially well known due to their unique and colorful appearance. These beads can actually be as much as a century old and most were originally brought to Africa for trade from Czechoslovakia however newer varieties also exist. Mali Wedding beads come in a number of different designs including tear-drop and triangle shapes and are multi-colored even within a single strand. Traditionally, these beads are given as a wedding gift and this where they derive their name.

Similarly Vaseline beads were traded in Mali as early as the 19th century when they were imported from European regions such as Bohemia and Czech. These are made of semi-translucent glass and come in a number of colors including green and yellow. Some colors are more rare than others.

Quartz and stones beads of ancient origin have also been excavated in Mali West Africa. For example, one variety of quartz beads was found near Djenne, a city in Mali. Other beads may be made of Carnelian, Amazonite, Granite Jasper, or Agate. Some of these beads traveled to Mali during ancient times along Roman trade routes. The Mali Empire reached its zenith in the 14th century when the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu were major centers of learning and trade in gold, salt and slaves were a major source of wealth.