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Spellbound 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.
• Old silver-alloy cylinder bead, and scalloped edge coin chain pendant, circa 1960s, from the nomadic Banjara Tribe of Northern India
• Antique silver-alloy 'telsum' prayer box protective amulet, from the Oromo People of Ethiopia, circa early 1900s (see history menu).
• Cowrie shell cluster from East Timor (see history menu).
• Knotted kangaroo-hide leather.
. One of a kind antique white metal triangle pendant from the kuchi 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."
About Ethiopian Prayer Boxes:
Ethiopian prayer boxes are traditionally made from an amalgamation of silver, alloy and/or nickel. Some are elaborately decorated and feature granulated designs created with melted silver. Worn by the Oromo People as protective amulets from various perils and superstitions, these particular amulets date from the early 1900s.
The triangular shaped silver boxes are believed to fend off evil spirits and the evil eye, where crescent shaped amulets protect against the powers and spells of the crescent moon. Square, rectangular and irregularly shaped pendants also serve similar purposes of protection.
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.
About the Kuchi Tribe:
The word Kuchi stems from a Persian word meaning migration. Originating from Afghanistan, the Kuchi People roamed areas along the ancient Silk Road trade routes for an estimated 3000 years. Known as prolific wanderers who migrated over immense distances, this nomadic tribe became masters at trekking to the remotest of areas.
Kuchi jewelry often reflects this freedom within its style, using features such as distinctive jingling bells which sound like rain. Since many of these pieces were intended to be worn daily under very rough conditions, they were often boldly crafted of sturdy metal to withstand a rigorous nomadic lifestyle. This may explain why old Kuchi pieces are still available today and in relatively good condition even after decades of rugged wear.
It is important to remember this jewellery has traveled untold distances from village to village, and passed from generation to generation. We believe it’s the irregularities in each piece that form part of its charm, heritage, and value.
Image No of Banjara wotraditional dress.