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Kenyan Bead & Cow Bone Necklace

Beads Mixed with   Black & White Cow Bone Necklace
Beads Mixed with Black & White Cow Bone Necklace
Item# JWL79

Product Description

Beads Mixed with   Black & White Cow Bone Necklace

Width: 1 inch
Flat Length: 19 inches

Hand Crafted in Kenya

This stunning necklace was handmade in Kenya using black and white bone beads. The design on the black and white bone beads is created through a dying method known as "batik", which is a wax relief process, this method is used to dye mud cloth. This necklace is a mixture of cow bone beads and African glass beads. Wealth in Africa is measured in the amount of livestock you own, so everything is used when an animal is killed. The beads of this necklace are made from cow bone that has been bleached and dyed brown, strung together with some black African glass beads.

Owning a piece of African jewelry is more than owning a piece of jewelry its possessing a world of culture and history in its own beautiful form. Even though there is history and meaning behind each piece, itís the art in the jewelry that grabs the attention of most collectors.

African jewelry is an ancient and time honored art form that reflects the art of African heritage, culture and history. There are several artistic, religious, spiritual and cultural elements of African heritage visible in each uniquely crafted piece of jewelry.

Around the turn of the 10th century, when bronze work was common, crafting these pieces became more intricate. Bronze pieces were normally decorated with ivory or precious stones and several of these pieces were identified with royalty. Beads have also played a very important role in African culture and can be seen today in many of the beautiful pieces of jewelry created by the skilled craftsmen who make them.

Modern African pieces still remain true to the same historic values and meanings of the past. These values represent different elements of African culture and reveal the importance of each piece of jewelry, which in turn makes them so special to collectors and art lovers everywhere.

The history and meaning of each piece of jewelry is unique. It is said that owning one of these pieces provides hope, wisdom and well-being to its owner. So start your own Ďartí collection today.

About Kenyan Culture

Currently there are more than 40 different ethnic group in Kenya.

The main groups of tribes are the Bantu who migrated from western Africa, the Nilotic people who originated from Sudan and the Hamitic group, who were mainly pastoral tribes from Ethiopia and Somalia. The main tribes are Kikuyu (21%), Meru (5%), Kalenjin, Luyha, Luo (14%), Kisii, Kamba, Swahili, Masai, Turkana

The other large ethnic groups include the Luo, Luhya, Kamba and Kalenjin- There are also some groups of people who form a very small population. This includes the tribe of El Molo.

Kenya culture is a fascinating way of life that blends the traditions of thousands of years of African social evolution with the modern influences of the 20th century. The multifaceted culture of Kenya is expressed in different forms, ranging from its people and language, food, music and dance, art, artifacts, theatre and literature to its ethnic values and ethical norms. Combined with other traditions, these forms of expression and lifestyle form an identity that is uniquely Kenyan.

Another fascinating aspect of Kenyan culture is the art and artifacts that Kenya's different ethnic groups craft manually, using readily available local materials. Beautifully carved wood sculptures showing exquisite detail and craftsmanship are produced in large quantities and sold to tourists both locally and abroad.

Other popular Kenya artifacts include colorful hand-woven sisal baskets, Maasai beaded jewelry, gold and silver jewelry, musical instruments, soapstone sculptures, tribal masks, figurines, paintings, prints, batik cloth, kangas and the beautiful traditional Kikoys (African sarongs).

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African - Hand Painted Stone Zebra Solitaire
Hand Made in South Africa.

This uniquely African twist in a traditional game makes this a truely ethnic version. Each piece is made out of crushed stone from Zimbabwe which is mixed with resin it is then cast and fired. Each piece is pain stakingly hand painted. The board is made much the same way but finished with unique hand carved detail on the sides.

Rules of Peg Solitaire

1. You can only move a zebra in the four directions of the compass, north, south, east and west. No diagonal moves allowed.

2. During a move you must jump over another zebra to the corresponding vacant hole.

3. To win you must only have one zebra remaining on the board.


Length: 12Ĺ inches

Width: 12Ĺ inches

Height: 2Ĺ inches

Circumference of board: 11 inches