Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Ornaments: Silver

Silver jewelry Karen do not wear the heavy types of silver jewelry used by some other tribal groups. The most common type of silver necklace is made of the old "bullet coins" which were used by the Thai for hundreds of years. These come in several sizes, the one-baht size is sometimes used as a pendant in the center of a string of one-baht coins. Bullet coins are usually strung on braided red thread.
Another style is the "rice grain" necklace. Delicately-made hollow, elongated silver beads alternated with tiny spherical ones are worn in multi-strands.
Karen neck rings are small in comparison with those of other tribes. Some are thin bands of silver which hook around the neck. Others are flat, round or twisted. Many are etched with plant, animal, or geometric designs.

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