Beads – Mauritania

Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey
Posted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey

A collection of decorative Kiffa beads, from Mauritania.

Kiffa beads represent one of the highest levels of artistic skill and ingenuity in beadmaking, being manufactured with the simplest materials and tools available – pulverized European glass beads or fragments of them, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles, some gum arabic, and open fires. The term Kiffa bead, named after the one of the old bead making centres of Kiffa in Mauritania.

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