The "Nzuri Sana" handmade necklace features African batik bone flag beads and black onyx - unique boho jewelry for women.
Individually handmade black and white batik bone beads add a boho, tribal feel to the necklace design.
*** How batik bone beads are made:
The batik bone flag beads used in NZURI SANA are so lovely - even more so when you understand the process of making them. Most bone beads are made in Ghana and Kenya, and, to a lesser degree, in Cameroon. "Batik" is traditionally a method of dyeing fabric where a clear wax design is applied to the material. When the material is then dyed, the wax repels most of the dye. This same technique is applied to bleached cow or buffalo bone, usually using hot beeswax because if its extreme resistance to dye. After a pattern is painted on with the hot beeswax, the bone is then dipped in the dye. Most dyes used are made from natural sources: leaves, tree bark and/or sap. The bone beads are left in the dye bath a varying length of time, depending on how dark the bones need to be dyed. Once the desired color is achieved, the bead is dried, the wax is scraped off and the bead is carefully polished. Each bead is done this way, a very laborious process from beginning to end! But this process makes each and every bead unique.
The beautiful "Nzuri Sana" tribal necklace shown on a jewelry bust.
Here is the important information about the "Nzuri Sana" tribal necklace:
- Batik bone flag beads: app. 22 mm x 21 mm x 7 mm (at thickest)
- Black onyx rounds: 8 mm
- Pewter spacers: app, 5 mm x 3 mm; lead free
- Metal: sterling silver and pewter
- Clasp: textured sterling silver hook clasp set
- Length: app. 18” / 45.7 cm
The Speckled Moose Dog and I thank you for the shares of the Nzuri Sana necklace!