Bracelet

This bracelet represents a fraction of the wide repertoire of silver jewellery made, worn and exchanged by highland communities in northern Thailand. Several types of bracelets with coiled, plaited and twisted forms were worn. This spiral bracelet is mainly worn by the Wa and Lawa people.The Wa and Lawa are ancient aboriginal people of northern Thailand. For many highland communities, silver was valued more highly than gold. Silver jewellery was a way of investing a family’s wealth to be passed down as heirlooms. It was also believed to have protective properties. Today, where security maybe a problem, silver is kept locked away whilst aluminium is used as a substitute.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
Northern Thailand
Dimension
Object size: H0.8 x D7.5 cm
Accession No.
1993-00623
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Category
Silver