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Batiks are uniquely designed and created using a wax-resist dye technique. It is an ancient art-form reaching as far back as 4th century BC Egypt. the term “batik” originates from the Javanese words “amba” (to write) and “titik” (dot or point). Nineteenth century Dutch and English traders introduced Javanese batiks to Sub Saharan Africa. The African people made the process their own by creating larger motifs, thickening their lines, and adding more variety of color. Batiks are produced on a variety of surfaces from cotton fabrics to agricultural animal bones and soapstone.

Mudcloth batik bone beads are some of Kenya’s beautifully unique trademark beads. Kenyan artisans often carve beads and other crafts from discarded cow bones. To begin the process bones might be bleached through a dye and heat process or darkened with age. Sometimes they are boiled in order to soften the bone for carving and make it more adhesive to wax and absorbent to dye. Designs are then carved into the bone using a sharp implement. Once the design has been established, hot wax (usually beeswax) is applied to designated areas and allowed to dry. The artist leaves only the areas that are to be dyed exposed. At this point the bone is ready to be dipped into a dye, which is generally developed using natural resources such as tree bark, flowers, or plant extract. Depending on the surface, the detail of the design and the number of colors the artist desires to  use, additional alternating layers of wax and dye may be applied. Mudcloth batik bone beads are generally white and brown. After the final dyeing wax is removed, revealing a unique pattern.

Check out our mudcloth batik bone bead jewelry today. From earrings to necklaces to bracelets, you will surely find something that speaks to your individuality.

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