costume

Belts and necklace set made of ostrich egg shell bead with leather fastening.

These beads are made by women of the San people in Botswana (perhaps the oldest surviving indigenous people in Africa). The beads are made from ostrich eggshells, which were useful water containers in the desert and were used to make beads when they were broken.

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