Sunday, 4 September 2011

What is good: Ear Stretchers

I have found some great information about tribal jewellery and its roots. I had been starting to doubt this subject matter for my main stream of research as it is so broad and I find myself veering away from just ear stretchers but all tribal jewellery in general. I think I am going to look at the concept of jewellery and body modification within certain tribes, I find this extremely interesting and think its great how its currently being used in todays trends. Tribal jewellery is growing in popularity rapidly and I think it is good because it takes influence from different cultures, broadening peoples knowledge of the world. Also everything has a meaning behind it, it is not just worn to 'look good' and to 'follow fashion' it all has a deeper story behind it and I intend to delve further into this subject and find out more about the history behind tribal jewellery and body modification.

Tribal jewelry is representative of a history of cultures with deep spiritual and social significance. Such significance can be seen throughout all tribal jewelry regardless of which part of the world it hails from. It is as old as the ancient civilizations of Africa and as modern as the newest fashion trends of Europe.

Tribal jewelry comes, literally, from all over the world. Although the most notable and most reproduced come from Africa and Native American tribes, tribal jewelry also hails from parts of the Middle East, South America, Russia, and the British Isles. While each region and each tribe had its own particular uses for bracelets and other jewelry, they all had some uses in common like spirituality, social status, and beauty.
While many regions still hold to their roots where the use of jewelry is concerned, many more today wear tribal bangles for beauty and fashion. Ancient designs are made into modern works of art to be used and displayed fashionably in many parts of the world. Whether it is worn to accentuate an outfit or to highlight the beauty of the wrist and arm, tribal bangles are a popular fashion accessory today.
In every ancient civilization where jewelry was part of the culture, bracelets were used in spiritual dances to represent and honor gods and to heighten movement. Socially, bracelets were uses, along with other jewelry, to reveal social status at a glance. Today, tribal bracelets are commonly used by the fashion industry to heighten the beauty of a woman's arms and wrists and to accessorize an outfit.

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