BEAUTIFUL MIAO SILVER AUSTRIAN KNOT CUFF BRACELET
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|This silver-plated cuff bracelet was made by an artisan of the Hmong Miao Hill Tribe of Tibet. The design is a step-and-repeat Austrian knot, highlighted by a heavy black patina. It weighs 47.6 grams and measures 2” wide 7-1/8” from tip-to-tip with a 1/2” opening. It is malleable and can be fit to the wearer’s comfort. Among China's 55 ethnic groups, the Miao (Hmong) are known for elaborate embroidery and exquisite work with silver. Silver accessories are a standard for the Miao people. For more than 400 years, it's been the custom to decorate oneself head to toe with silver. A full set can weigh up to ten kilograms. The purpose of wearing all this silver is of course primarily aesthetic, but they are also worn as amulets to ward off evil, and as symbols of wealth. While usually worn by women, the Miao ethnic minority's silverware is made by men. The rich varieties, elegant patterns, and exquisite craftsmanship not only demonstrate the colorful world of Miao people's art, but their spiritual life as well.|