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With their rich, earthy terracotta and brown tones, these tiny 3mm Mali Clay Beads are extremely versatile for 'nature' and 'eco' inspired projects. You will receive four strands. Each strand measures approximately 30 inches, and comprises these cylindrical African beads in a variety of hues. Native to Mali; these delightful Clay Beads are sourced in abundance, and may be up to 500 years old!

Mali Clay Beads are the versatile addition to your beading supplies, because they are:

- Made from clay; a completely natural mineral.
- Authentic and sourced direct from Mali.
- Small enough to use as spacers, or weaving beads.
- Gently textured, with a handmade free-form appeal.

History of Mali Clay Beads:

Mali Clay Beads present a somewhat baffling history, since it is nigh on impossible to ascertain their date of production. Archaeological digs within Mali, have realized great collections of these beads, determined to be at least 500 years old. Clay bead production within Africa, is a craft several thousand years old – as proven with the finding of Whorl Beads in West Africa. As a rule, Mali Clay Beads are produced through a gradual baking process in the heat of the sun - although it is not clear if they are made using a mold, or cane production process.

The strands are in very good condition.

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Frequently asked questions about thebeadchest

We work with developing communities throughout Africa to bring you some of the most beautiful, handmade beading treasures in the world. All items that we source direct are fair trade. Our unique business model enables us to support creative jewelry designers with quality beading supplies, while supporting developing communities at the same time.
Yes we do! Multiple item orders are combined automatically in the cart. We charge a flat rate shipping fee which means that no matter how much you order, your total shipping cost will not increase! That’s right! It’s a simple flat rate per order:

USA - $4.00 flat rate per order
Canada - $10 flat rate per order
International - $15 flat rate per order

We also offer FREE EXPEDITED 1-3 DAY SHIPPING on USA orders $99 or more. Use coupon code FREESHIP99 during checkout.

Limited exceptions apply to our flat-rate policy for non-USA orders with heavier items. Non-USA customers, please feel free to inquire in advance to verify exact shipping charges particularly for glass beads with a diameter of 18mm or larger.
Absolutely. Your satisfaction is our #1 priority! We accept returns for items in the same condition received up to 14 days from date of delivery. Please contact us first to authorize a return.

If you are not satisfied with your purchase, neither are we. 100% satisfaction guaranteed!
Yes, we offer wholesale discounts for orders of $250 or more. Please send us a message with a list of items you are looking to purchase and we will send you an appropriate discount code. You can either copy + paste your cart, or send us a screenshot. We usually get back to you within 1-2 hours on business days. Please note wholesale discounts for NON-USA orders may vary as shipping costs are generally subsidized by us.

We also offer FREE EXPEDITED SHIPPING on USA orders $99 or more. Use coupon code FREESHIP99 during checkout.

African Trade Beads - Mali Clay Beads - 4 Strands (MALI-CLAY-4STR-201)



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  • Materials: string, mali clay beads
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