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  • Mud Print Pillar Candle From Swaziland
  • Mud Print Pillar Candle From Swaziland

Mud Print Pillar Candle From Swaziland

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Product Description

  • Measures 4"H and 4"W
  • Made in Swaziland
  • The hard wax veneer forms the outer shell of the candle
  • Handmade, each candle is slightly unique

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Swazi Candles are handmade in the African Kingdom of Swaziland using the age-old trade bead technique perfected in the glass making city of Murano, Italy. This technique was adapted and utilized in the African candle making craft. Swazi artisans apply these beautiful patterns by hand. This Mud print pillar candle measures about 4 inches high and 4 inches wide. The hard wax veneer forms the outer shell of the candle, which hardly melts when the candle is lit. When lit, the patterns on these unique African candles are illuminated from within. Each candle differs slightly reflecting the artisan's interpretation.

Millefiore, or "thousand flowers", first surfaced in ancient Alexandria, but was perfected in the great glassmaking cities of Murano and Venice. Glass beads and other objects created there were of such beauty and finesse that they became much sought-after and valuable artifacts. On the African coast, these Venetian trade beads were used as a form of currency to barter for gold and ivory. So popular did they prove that the North and West Africans came to make their own variation. Thus was born the African trade bead, rare and sought-after by collectors to this day.

The art of millefiore continues today in Swazi Candles. But instead of glass, the gifted candle makers of Swaziland use a special hard wax to create their colorful designs. Hence the rich, romantic glow of the illuminated exterior as the candle burns, and the burn-again quality when refitted with the votive or tea candle.

 

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