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Thai Autumn Braided Bracelet

$32.00

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For those who know its history, this simple braided bracelet is entwined with hill-tribe artistry. The woman who weaves the autumn-hued strands learned the deceptively difficult technique from women of the Yao hill tribe. Diminutive silver-plated brass beads, crafted by artisans of the Karen hill tribe, adorn each of the three strands. And the loop-and-toggle clasp is inspired by the jewelry of the Lisu hill tribe.


Handcrafted in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Silver-plated brass beads and waxed polyester cord. 8"L including loop closure, 1/2"W.


Growing up in a poor family in Chiang Rai, Napapat made toys for herself using flowers, leaves, vines, and scraps from her mother’s household projects. This imaginative spirit still guides her as a jewelry designer. As a college student, she visited a village where members of the Yao hill tribe lived, where she met women braiding threads into jewelry. “Their technique and unique style has been passed down from one generation to another,” she remembers, “their methods unchanged from mother to daughter.”


Napapat persuaded one of the women to teach her how to braid in this style. “She warned me that I would need lots of patience and imagination to produce the kind of art they were making, [but] I was undeterred.” Since graduating, she has combined her eye for design with the traditional Thai methods she learned from the Yao to create woven bracelets, necklace, and belts. “Knowing that people everywhere enjoy something that I’ve designed and made is the best kind of praise.”


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