Handcrafted African Women's Bracelet with Bamboo and Wood
Bamboo Delight, Handcrafted African Women's Bracelet with Bamboo and Wood
Nonyem Abena IbenemeGhanaian artisan Nonyem Abena Ibeneme presents a bracelet that defines natural chic. The stretch bracelet features barrel-shaped beads of blonde bamboo, alternating with black wood beads. Separating...$29.99
Artist: Nonyem Abena Ibeneme
Handcrafted Bamboo Sese Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Bamboo Love, Handcrafted Bamboo Sese Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Abigail Asana AbiankaGhanaian artisan Abigail Asana Abianka celebrates the sustainable beauty of bamboo with this stylish design. This stretch bracelet features bamboo cylinders, yellow sese wood beads, and globes of...$27.99
Artist: Abigail Asana Abianka
Each is a Link
Glass and Bamboo Beaded Unity Bracelet with Tiger's Eye
Each is a Link, Glass and Bamboo Beaded Unity Bracelet with Tiger's Eye
Eliasu AdamsBy Eliasu Adams, this colorful bracelet combines a diversity of materials and textures. Beads of recycled glass reveal complex motifs that contrast with smooth sese wood and globes of tiger's eye. In...$19.99
Artist: Eliasu Adams
Sophisticated Earth, Bamboo bracelet
Nonyem Abena Ibeneme"A simple sophisticated style in rich earth tones," says Nonyem Abena Ibeneme of her design. The bracelet is crafted by hand by tying bamboo beads with twine underscored by a palette of...$23.99
Artist: Nonyem Abena Ibeneme
Bamboo Bracelets(4 items)
Discover the unique designs in our Bamboo Bracelet Collection that NOVICA artisans have crafted for you:
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Artisans the world over utilize the natural materials at their disposal to create beautiful, sustainable jewelry. Wood, bamboo and dried gourds. Coconut shells, rattan and terra-cotta. Even natural grasses lend themselves to a jeweler's creativity while art glass beads and pendants can be made from discarded bottles. Some artisans reclaim precious silver from photographic negatives. Colorful magazine pages can become tightly-rolled beads protected by a coat of varnish. Always creative, artists craft their bracelets out of innovative, eco-conscious materials.
Handmade women's bracelets each have their own unique characteristics. Color, texture, size and design all vary. Often, the technique alone will tell you, for example, hand-knotted, braided or woven bracelets. Leather bracelets with cutout motifs or embossing are usually crafted by hand.Thai jewelry by Karen silversmiths shows hand-stamped geometric or floral motifs and beads are usually made of fine silver, which is more malleable than sterling. Similarly, filigree jewelry is a meticulous handcrafted process. Most bracelets with natural, sustainable or recycled materials are handmade. Even some of the most sophisticated and modern gold and silver may be signed by the artist who made it.The most common indicator that a bracelet is handmade is the detailed and intricate design. Novica artisans demonstrate their techniques in the many videos on www.novica.com youll find the links on their product descriptions and also on the artisan bio page.
Traditional bracelet-making techniques have been passed down over generations around the world. Women's bracelets in gold and silver are usually crafted with the lost wax technique. The image is sculpted in wax and enveloped in a mold materia. As molten gold or silver is poured into the mold, the wax image melts and the metal takes its place. However coiling fine strands of metal results in Andean filigree jewelry. Balinese artistry applies polished spirals and tendrils as well as tiny globes known as jawan to sleek silver jewelry. And a few contemporary artisans even weave or crochet the slender silver strands.Jade was highly prized by the Maya and still has an important place in modern Guatemalan jewelry. Amber from the rich mines in southern Mexico adorns the women's bracelets, necklaces, and earrings of the area. Macrame and beading are popular everywhere for boho style. And West Africas handmade beadwork is renowned the world over.
women's bracelets carried immense cultural significance in ancient times and they still do. In Perus pre-Hispanic societies, gold represented the sun, and jewelry indicated social status and identity, as it also did among the Maya of Mexico and Central America. In India, bangles or kangans showed a woman was married and are a part of the 16 adornments customarily worn by a Hindu bride. Traditional West African beads are a sign of cultural identity. Each one has a meaning and tells a story.Today, women's bracelets are still culturally significant. In India, jewelry often depicts religious symbols and meditative mantras. Balinese bracelets may also depict dragons, thought to be the protectors of the gods, or the Hindu Barong deity, also a protection symbol. Motifs stamped into Karen hill tribe silver encourage living in harmony with nature. The hand-knotted bracelets of Guatemala symbolize friendship but evolved from a silent protest for loved ones missing during the country's armed conflict. Today, friends each tie a bracelet on the others arm and make a wish. The bracelet is worn until it wears out and falls off so the wish will come true.
Silver, gold, brass and copper have been popular for thousands of years and are often set with colorful gemstones. Artisans in different regions of the world take advantage of unique local resources, such as Brazilian golden grass, leather and coconut shell from Thailand, and carved bone jewelry from Bali. Intricate openwork carving, known as jali, can be seen in bangles from India. West Africa has a long tradition of beadwork, with beautiful beads made from recycled glass and even plastic becoming popular in recent years.
Eliasu Adams Handcrafted African bead jewelry
"I use natural materials like calabash, wood beads, and shea butter, which are easy to work with and readily available on the market. I like to think outside the box."
"I'm the second of six children and I live in Northern Ghana, known for shea butter and basketry. Unfortunately, one of my siblings has passed... read more