Our Kabu mala has so-dark-brown-it's-almost-black beads with contrasting stripes, an adjustable black braided nylon cord and matching beaded ends.
The mala was designed in the USA and handcrafted with water buffalo horn bone in Nepal. Our talented professional artists are located in a rural area just outside of Kathmandu where bone bead and pendant making is a highly regarded practice and supports the village with vital resources to continue the centuries-old process.
A batik bone bead is dyed by “batik method” or “batiking”. It’s a process of producing color designs on materials by dyeing them after having first applied beeswax (a natural dye resistant) to the parts to be left natural or not dyed. The dye used is a natural mixture of tree bark, sand, plant extracts and sap that contain wax-resistant properties.
Batik bone pendants and beads were first produced by the Oromo Tribe of Northern Kenya hundreds of years ago and the patterns (stripes, spots, and teeth) were inspired by wildlife and domestic animals.
Comfortably Fits 6”+ Wrist
6-7mm x 7-8mm Bead Average
As with all handcrafted items, expect slight variation in size, shape or color.