July 20, 2011

disc bangle bracelet 1451

This design is a variation on two traditional craft techniques: Wrapping a fiber core with floss to create a colorful pattern and basket making. The piece starts out with a spiral coil of soft braided cotton cord which is secured by use of nylon thread. This forms a flat circular base which is similar to traditional basket construction. The resulting disc is then wrapped with cotton floss one part at a time to build the colored pattern. 
In this example the center of the bracelet is left in the natural cotton color. 
The design also recalls the flat beaded necklaces made by the Masai people of Kenya although is is not an attempt to duplicate their work. Read more about Masai Village Experience and the masai tribe and see a couple of photos of their beadwork.
design and photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop

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