Designed for all the free spirited gypsies amongst us, this simply gorgeous bracelet has been strung onto sturdy kangaroo-hide leather, and handcrafted in our Byron Bay studio. She features cowry shell clusters with authentic silver-alloy coin pendants and gypsy bell beads from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India (see to history menu below for information on the Banjara Tribe).
The Banjara Tribe:
The Banjara People are a collective of nomadic gypsy tribes from Northern India. They are said to be the descendants of the Roma gypsies from Europe who migrated to India through the rugged mountains of Afghanistan and finally settled in Rajasthan.
Originally the Banjaras were bullock transport carriers and builders of great monuments. For centuries they efficiently moved their enormous caravans through the vast roadless tracks of India guaranteeing safe conduct for grain, salt and messages.
Due to the nomadic nature of their culture, the Banjara's traditionally 'wore' their wealth creating a unique aesthetic famed for their colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe.
About the Cowrie Shell:
Destined to transfer good luck, fortune and material wealth to those in its possession, the cowry shell is considered a deeply spiritual and highly valued object in African culture. The cowrie carries with it the blessing of Moté, ancient deity and goddess of water, also affectionately referred to as ‘Mother of Water’.
No. 5 - Historical image of a group of Banjara women heavily adorned with their traditional dress.
No. 6 - Banjara woman traditionally adorned in silver-alloy jewellery.
Inner circumference when attached at longest point: 20cm
Inner circumference when attached at shortest point: 15cm
Width at widest point 2.5cm
Due to the handcrafted nature of this product sizing may vary slightly from the dimensions listed.
We have chosen to use an iron chain coated in brass for greater strength and durability.
The chain will discolour over time. We do not consider this discolouration to be a design fault.
We do not recommend the chain be worn in water (salt or natural).
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