Blue leather and beaded charm bracelets
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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 vintage scalloped edge 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).
" 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’. "
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.