This bright-coloured and playful bracelet is a perfect accessory for a casual outfit. It is hand made with yak leather by Tibetan artisans. In Tibet, yaks plough the fields and transport goods. Yak leather is used for clothing, footwear and many other things. The rough outer hair is woven into tent fabric, the soft inner hair into blankets. Processing yak is not easy and getting the raw material requires considerable knowledge and skill. Yak numbers are declining as China urbanises and nearly all Chinese yak are now the smaller farmed variety rather than the larger stronger animals that roamed in large herds.
We hope this lovely yak leather bracelet will delight you or make a beautiful present to someone you love!
WHO YOU ARE SUPPORTING
Artisan Group: Yunnan Gushu
Yunnan is noted for a very high level of ethnic diversity. Some 38% of the province's population are members of minorities. Many people still prefer to live in villages where employment and educatioinal opportunities are limited. We buy directly from Yunnan Gushu, a Yunnan village producer group that is jointly owned by crafters. They often make use of local materials, and their designs have very strong cultural elements. Minority groups celebrate strong personalities through vibrant colours and outstanding accessories. We challenge you to try some on!