The tribal jewelry (ethnic jewelry) – is one of the most beautiful, unusual and original for every race and nation. After all, it is like a native home, place or people – these jewelry give us a peace of mind and pacification; and if you are even a patriot – it helps to express yourself, to stand out from the crowd and to feel comfortable (in fact most comfortable we feel in those clothes or accessories that express our inner world and mood). So today we will talk about the history of jewelry, about the most beautiful and authentic adornments of different nations and also about those ethnic accessories that have come in the modernity.Ethnic allows to travel not only across the different countries, but also across the different epochs. Click To Tweet
In the XVII century european fashionistas drew attention to the fashion of East, which remains very popular in our days – there were hair adornments, veils, long earrings and other ethnic elements. But only in the XIX century, ethnic fashion completely captivated West. Then were very popular Indian, Japanese and African tribal jewelry. Another ethnic fashion boom happened in the XX century, when the progressive generation of hippies, in an effort to find alternative values drew attention to the long history of the ancient nations of Central America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
Ethnic jewelry is distinguished from adornments in a tribal style. Ethnic jewelry include artifacts of traditional cultures. Tribal jewelry – is a stylization inspired by the aesthetics of the wild tribes and ancient times. And to be honest, in this post we will talk more about the tribal jewelry.
The first one, who had drown attention on the ethnic style and tribal jewelry has been the famous French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. In 1967 he released his african collection. However, it seemed too democratic to fashion critics to use the metal belt and wooden beads as accessories. Also revolutionary was that he attended to the show dark-skinned models.
Currently designers all around the world actively use ethnic accessories, patterns and shapes in their collections. Tribal jewelry – is an essential attribute of such highly demanded (once again) style as boho – the style of the bohemian chic.
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From the beginning of the jewelry history we can consider the body painting. This method of decorating is one of the oldest and most common, preserved among civilized nations in the form of the using rouge, white lead, powder, lipstick, summarizing eyebrows and so on.
Countries in which this type of face and body decorating was very popular are America, Africa, Australia and Asia. Today such things are called tattoos, henna painting, permanent makeup and flash-tattoo – just choose to suit your taste. But we are talking about jewelry. And speaking of how this way of decorating has influenced the modern fashion, I have to say about the facial adornments.
In Southern California, girl’s face and the upper body were painted in light blue color and sprinkled with pounded silver powder. So from there appeared such tribal jewelry as chains, which are used to complement the hair and necklaces, passing on the shoulders.
The farther away – the more has spread the fashion. Appeared adornments for eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows.
The idea of the eyelashes jewelry creation belongs to the designer Natalie Russo – the series are called Eyelash jewelry, and have 35 items. But if the customer has special wishes and preferences, Natalie can take them into account and make an unique “lashes” – with Swarovski crystals, pearls, precious stones or gold beads.
Jewelry for eyebrows – is the case of the fashion house Chanel. Special strips with precious embroidery for eyebrows were manufactured by François Lesage Atelier, the main French embroidery master.
Another trend of jewelry for the eyebrows – is piercing (both true and a fake one). Decorating eyebrows with earrings in a full - is the last squeak of fashion catwalks. Click To Tweet And while many people believe that eyebrow piercing has come to us from the culture of India – it is not so. This type of facial piercing began its history from the habitats of African, Polynesian, South and North American tribes.
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The first designer, who has introduced to the fashion arena piercing, was Jean-Paul Gaultier. A collection, 1994, in which Jean-Paul Gaultier mixed elements of national adornments from Africa and South-East Asia – silver jewelry and earrings for piercing, – became a fetish in the youth fashion. Gautier said: Ethnic should become a kind of fresh blood, which will give a new life to all new fashion trends. Click To Tweet
He also, incidentally, was the discoverer of the facial jewelry for the high fashion.
We have all heard about the end of the world in 2012 – hence the global knowledge of the Maya tribes. But in addition to the unusual calendar and predictions this tribe was famous for their knowledge of medicine. Most of all Maya cared about the health of the teeth and decorated them (thereby protected against different damages) with various precious stones and metals: jade, jasper, sapphires, emeralds, rubies, gold and silver.
Much later precious stones appeared once again on the fashionistas teeth, but already in medieval Europe. The reason for the emergence of this trend was simple – stones were hiding dental problems. One of the first owner of the “brilliant smile” was the Queen of Great Britain – Victoria.
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More recently, this trend has appeared on the modern podiums and red carpets. Teething jewelry have been demonstrated by model Cara Delevingne and singer Katy Perry. But this trend was so shocking and extravagant, that it has quickly changed by a simple using of the saturated golden lipstick.
And what about the mystical Egypt? Click To Tweet Both men and women in Egypt fulfilled their outfits with a variety of different jewelry: bracelets, rings, tiaras, beads in several rows. Jewelry was usually made from ceramic and bronze. But the most popular till the present day Egyptian tribal jewelry adornment is a necklace made metal plates.
Necklace, generally, was the most common type of jewelry, ranging from prehistoric times to the present day. After the necklace on the prevalence follow bracelets for arms and legs, head wraps, tiaras, belts, various bandages, and finally, rings – jewelry, that appeared relatively late. Much later we began to wear jewelry in pinna, cheeks, mouth, noses and wings of the nasal septum. This is how piercing has appeared.
At the facial piercing the most common is a nose jewelry – threaded into the nasal septum or nasal wings earrings, sticks, rings, feathers, metal beads, shells, stones, etc. The lip adornment is found only in a few tribes in Africa and America. The special popularity this type of jewelry acquired from Botocudo. At the same time, the common among Caucasoids jewelry was piercing in tongue and genitals.
And then the nose piercing appeared in the culture of India. I shall not speak a lot about India – it is better to devote this topic to my future post.
Indian nose tribal jewelry is called “nut” and it is believed that such pearling earring endow to its owner charms of seduction. Karl Lagerfeld, fascinated by the traditions of this country even dedicated his collection to the pre-Indian accent, calling it the Chanel Paris-Bombay.
The national Japanese costume – kimono – is very popular worldwide. Its complex structure allows designers to experiment with it. Similarly, the Japanese tribal jewelry have a complex structure. The most popular adornment of this culture that has reached modern fashion is a hair jewelry – Kanzashi.
Kanzashi are fabricated from a wide range of materials such as lacquered wood, gold and silver plated metal, tortoiseshell and silk, and recently, plastic. In fact, early bakelite kanzashi are highly valued as collectibles.
There are several basic kanzashi styles that traditionally followed more complex hana (flower) and seasonal arrangements. Today these arrangements are only followed by maiko.
Chinese tribal jewelry is very similar to the Japanese concept, because they are also intended for hair. But the point is that the national chinese hairstyles are very complicated in design and naturally are in need of additional bracing. And, of course, looking at their costumes, it won’t be difficult to determine how their jewelry will look like.
Ethnic hairdressers were decorated with flowers, branches with leaves and small buds. Brides intertwined to their hair strings of pearls, colored silk cords, small garlands of flowers. A lot of designers even now use Chinese style in creating jewelry.
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By the way, Chinese culture has brought into fashion the use of living plants in jewelry. A little earlier I told you about a designer who makes jewelry using fresh plants:
Recently I managed to find one another talent, who uses not only fresh, but also alive plants!
Designer from the USA Colin Jordan proposed to carry around your own little oasis. A series of jewelry, called “A Wearable Planter” are so tiny that the flower pots can be simply worn on a cord. As the jewelry by Colin Jordan is a plant, it is natural that it requires a constant care. It needs to be watered and sometimes changing the soil.
For the manufacture of her products Colin uses ABS plastic, which is recyclable and doesn’t constitute toxic. The kit comes with an plant-adornment, leather lace and a manual on the care of plants.
I hope you have plenty to choose from)
Be stylish, original and never forget your roots!