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Miao Tribal Flower Motif Bracelet

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Miao Tribal Flower Motif Bracelet

This silver bracelet was made by an artisan of the Hmong Miao Tribe of China, and is ingeniously finished with an adjustable fitting. The engraved floral design is highlighted by a heavy black patina and accented with silver balls along the edges. It measures approximately 7-1/2 around the inside circumference. Since the bracelet is curved, its hard to measure the width, but it is approximately 7/8 at the widest point on top in the center. The silver is Tibetan silver which is a very low percentage of silver with other metals. 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. The Miao live mainly in southern China, in the provinces of Guizhou, Hunan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Guangxi, Hainan, Guangdong, Hubei, and elsewhere in China. The Miao nationality includes Hmong/Mong people as well as other culturally- and linguistically-related ethnic groups who do not call themselves either Hmong or Mong. These include the Hmu, Kho (Qho) Xiong, and A Hmao. The White Miao (Bai Miao) and Green Miao (Qing Miao) are both Hmong/Mong groups.

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