Expertly woven tight into seven unique bracelets, colorful waxed threads come together to celebrate the glory of Life. Based on a creation story shared below, the charms carried on these bracelets represent the Earth, sun, stars, water and air, plants and animals, people, and the love that connects them all together. Tiny beads of glass, metal, and ceramic are woven throughout, adding a bit of shine and extra color to the earthy-hued threads. Great on their own, worn together as a set they create a serious statement of connection and admiration.
Your purchase helps to empower and lift up women from rural and urban communities in Guatemala, a part of the world that many people call the "soul of the earth." Weaving jewelry gives these women a chance to earn a decent wage to provide their families with much-needed necessities.
- Set of 7 bracelets
- Waxed thread, glass, metal, & ceramic
- Includes backing card explaining the origin story & Wakami's social impact
- Includes both adjustable & fixed length bracelets
- Approximately 7" L (17.8 cm)
- Handmade in & fairly traded from Guatemala
This bracelet set is based on the following creation tale: When Earth was created, it felt cold and dark. To remedy this, a sun was attached. But when the Earth was resting it became dark again, so the Earth was given the stars to light up the night. Then the Earth began to get dry and breathless, so water and air were created. Although the Earth was beautiful, nothing would grow on it. It felt sterile and needed life. So the Earth was given trees and plants. While this made the Earth happier, it still felt that something was missing. For the Earth's pleasure, animals were created, animals that could live in the sea and on the land. Earth enjoyed this, but still felt it was lacking something and was in need of nurturing. So people were created. Now the Earth felt nearly complete, but there was no connection between the trees, plants, animals, people, sun, stars, water, wind, and the Earth. Then love was created, allowing everything to become one, to finally feel connected.
There really are 7 very different strands. They can be worn all together or mix & match. I don't think each strand is a large as the picture makes them look, but all together they are perfect.
Very gypsy boho like ~ the colors are lovely. Not only does it feed shelter animals, but it supports women industry in Guatemala. The all fit! THere are slider adjustments on some, the rest have a button and loop closure. I may buy another set!
I have bought this set many times. I love the designs and they last forever. If they go on sale I will buy a set so I can give single or double strands as gifts. Glad they benefit a good cause.
I bought these bracelets about 1 1/2 years ago and have been wearing them off and on. I absolutely love these! I also have a smaller wrist so I don't have any problems getting the loop&metal button ones to fit. The adjustable ones are easy to adjust, I also use my teeth to pull them tight once I have them on. I'm going to order several more sets once they go on sale again. They are lovely separately or worn all a once. You won't be disappointed! They make great gifts.
I have these bracelets. I have worn them since 2014. I have had to change a couple of them. When my friend passed away I received a few that I had given her. I had extras to add to my wrist for a few needing replaced over the years, I have not taken them off since then. I wash dishes by hand with a little bleach in the water. I swim in lakes and oceans. __