A collection of 29 fascinating ancient Djenne terracotta spindle whorls beads. Each whorl has a different pattern with only 7 having a plain surface. These were originally spindle whorls used to help spin thread. Age 800-1000 years old. Read the story..
In Mali, cotton is hand spun by women and the technique involves winding long strands of cotton onto a spinning stick, or spindle, known as a “Djenne”. Attached to the tip of the stick is the large clay whorl that functions as a spinning weight causing the stick to turn smoothly. The whorl is usually decorated or painted intentionally so as to draw attention to the spindle whorl’s form and movement as it spins during weaving.
These beads come from ancient Mopti-Djenne, the Niger and Bani River area. Reports coming from the 1300's say that one could not speak in a normal tone due to the noise of the weaver's looms at Djenne during this time,during the time of the great King Sundjata. There are written comments dating to the early 1400s about Djenne as to the great number of weavers there.
Age 800-1000 years old