La Vie Boheme


La Vie Boheme is collection of trinkets strung onto sturdy kangaroo-hide leather. Designed to be worn as a long single layer piece, or double wrapped around the neck for a shorter necklace sitting around the décolletage area.

It features:
• Old silver-alloy cylinder bead, and scalloped edge coin chain pendant, circa 1960s, from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India.
• Miniature skull pendant intricately carved by hand from deer antler, using a 300-year-old design passed down through generations of a family of carvers..
• Cowrie shell cluster from East Timor
• Knotted kangaroo-hide leather.

"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."

About 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 Banjara’s 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 thus creating a unique aesthetic, colorful dress and spectacular jewelry quite unlike any other tribe

 level beaded necklace with shells and skulls

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