Strand of Rare Kiffa Beads

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26" strand of very cool and magical beads made in Kiffa, Mauritania. It is very old and was made as a female fertility charm, mainly by women artists. Historically, Kiffa beads are very important as it is an ancient technique (dating to 1000 years ago) which makes it of the oldest glass bead-making processes in Africa (which was purely African in origin). This bead is around 200 years old, possibly older. This graduated strand has beads that are very small (5mm diamter) to large (29mm x 9mm x 11mm). 98 beads. For more information check out issue #36 of Ornament Magazine has an article on the history of Kiffa Beads, which an be read online.