In ancient times, wooden adornments were considered a sign of poverty. But as time goes on, things change, and today the wooden jewelry reached a new level and became a sign of style and beauty. In addition, it is believed that such unusual jewelry carries a special energy, elevates mood, helps you to relax in stressful situations and prevent various diseases.Birch bark is one of the most poetic materials of the folk decorative and applied art. Click To Tweet
Works from such material usually just shine with the perfection of the lines, proportions, harmony of colors, flawless execution.
Birch bark – is the outer protective layer of the birch bark tree. It features with a pure white outer layer with longitudinal dashes – lenticels. It consists of layers, formed with each new year of birch life, so it is also used to determine the age of the tree.
In the old days people have been woven everything from this material; shoes, dishes, beads, baskets and even baby rattles. The strong and water-resistant cardboard-like bark can be easily cut, bent, and sewn, which made it a valuable building, crafting, and writing material, since pre-historic times. Even today birch bark remains a popular type of wood for various handicrafts and arts.
Before you can use the birch in the manufacture of anything (especially jewelry), this material has to undergo the special treatment. Interestingly, how people were preparing this material earlier by using the thermal treatment: sometimes birch bark wasn’t simply digested in boiling water, but in the “fish broth”, adding to water fish fat or fish bones. By that birch bark became especially strong, acquired the ability to keep water out and did n’t become fragile in the cold.
The website nammu.com contains a collection of products from the birch bark. You can find pendants in the form of crosses, pins with ornaments, and even scallop-combs (their use is especially healthy and helpful for people with a brittle long hair ) and a lot of other interesting options.Birch bark is stable enough to changes in shape and its bark layers can withstand wear and stretching. Click To Tweet
Each layer of the birch bark is slightly different by the shade and thus provides ample opportunities in decorating products from this material. The most valuable is the inner layer of the birch bark, it is also called facial. It differs with color from the other layers. It has a yellow, reddish, yellow-green or orange color, attracting the attention by warm shades and velvet surface. Facial layer can dramatically vary by the color from other layers, which allows the use of contrasting combinations while creating products.
The simplest technique is considered to be weaving. Usually in such a way were manufactured handles for baskets. Also cups, which hold heat better than modern thermos. From a scrap of the bark people were making small toys. And still birch bark perfectly relieves headaches, jewelers are weaving headbands, barrettes and even caps from it.
In various Asian countries (including Siberia) birch bark was used to make storage boxes, paper, canoes, roof coverings and tents. In North America, the native population used birch bark for canoes, wigwams, ritual art (birch bark biting), maps (including the oldest maps of North America), musical instruments, clothing… In Scandinavia and Finland, it was used as the substratum of sod roofs and birch-bark roofs, for making boxes, fishing implements, and shoes.
Birch bark – is one of those materials, which doesn’t need to be painted for changing the color. Birch bark, which has lain for several days in the sun – becomes reddish. However, for a long stay in the light, its color changes to a completely white.
This is an interesting and unusual material, but most importantly is the most natural material. It is also especially useful for people who want to care their hair.
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