Authenic vintage Banjara bracelet / armlet.
Length of Fabric Bracelet Band: About 8.5 inches
Width of Fabric Band: About 1/2 an inch
Width with Shells: About 3/4 of an inch
Decorative Components: Coins, metal beads, bells and cowrie shells
Length of Tassel(s): 4.25 inches
Materials: Fabric, Mixed Metals, Cowrie Shells
Metal Color: Coins are silvery, beads are a dull gray, bells are brass
Unstretched Circumference: About 9.5 inches
Fully Stretched Circumference: From about 12 to 12.5 inches
Vintage Banjara armlet with shells, beads, and coins on a fabric band. Black elastic has been sewn to the ends of the fabric band to make this an easy on/off piece, but it could also be taken apart and a longer piece of elastic added or even new ties if desired. These peices are becoming more difficult to find and are often in well-used condition. An authentic piece of tribal adornment to add to your collection.
The Banjara people of India, known by numerous names including Pindari, Lambani, Labhani Muka, and many others are a traditionally nomadic people. They are now found mostly in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Telangana. The word "Banjara" is derived froma Sanskrit word meaning "wanderers of the jungle". Banjara women are known to wear colorful and beautiful clothing and have tattos on their hands. They use shells, mirrors, coins and colorful embroidery to decorate their clothing and wear heavy and highly ornamented jewelry made of silver and both natural and found objects, including glass, wood, bone, reeds, grass and shells.