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Mud Beads

Handmade and handpainted in Côte d'Ivoire

In the remote village of Kapele in northern Côte d'Ivoire, artisans like Dambili Mamouri create beautiful beads from the only material they have to hand - mud from their local river.

The beads are dried in the sun or fired in a kiln, then handpainted.

Some paints come from natural sources - red comes from teak leaves; some are modern chemical paints.

Bead size and scale

As a visual clue to the size and scale of our beads, we use a Star beer cap in our bead images. Why Star? Because it's the major beer of Ghana where most of our beads are made. Also, on the buy pages, we indicate approximate bead dimensions in millimetres.

Painting mud beads in Côte d'IvoireDambili Mamouri painting mud beads: Kapele, Côte d'Ivoire

Small Mud Beads New
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£2.35BMU123
Medium Mud Beads New
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£2.35BMU115
Medium Mud Beads New
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£2.35BMU116
Medium Mud Beads New
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£2.35BMU117
Medium Mud Beads New
image for Medium Mud Beads
£2.35BMU118
Medium Mud Beads New
image for Medium Mud Beads
£2.35BMU119
Medium Mud Beads New
image for Medium Mud Beads
£2.35BMU120
Medium Mud Beads New
image for Medium Mud Beads
£2.35BMU121
Medium Mud Beads New
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£2.35BMU122
Large Mud Beads New
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£1.20BMU109
Large Mud Beads New
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£1.20BMU110
Large Mud Beads New
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£1.20BMU111
Large Mud Beads New
image for Large Mud Beads
£1.20BUM112
Large Mud Beads New
image for Large Mud Beads
£1.20BUM113
Large Mud Beads New
image for Large Mud Beads
£1.20BMU114
 
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