Twisted wire 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 type was worn by Akha women in particular.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.Originally, highlanders from China, the Akha people have recently begun to move southwards into mainland Southeast Asia.

Early 20th century
Northern Thailand
Object size: H0.9 x D6.7 cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum

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