Skhab necklace, scented paste beads
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
06/23/2018, 22:09:31

The black beads are used on necklaces called skhab, and are made in Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, and Senegal, from a traditional mix of spices like clove, rose, saffron, nutmeg, etc. with a binder material to hold everything together.

The scented necklaces are worn by women and considered to be an aphrodisiac, for men!

There is a 26-page booklet by Marie Jose Opper, "Scented Magic Beads in Africa", that has more information.

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