Tribal Jewelry: From Ethnic Traditions To Today’s Catwalks

The tribal jewelry and ethnic jewelry is one of the most beautiful, unusual and original for each race and nation.

After all, it’s like a home, place or native group. This jewelry gives us peace of mind; And if you are also a patriot, it helps you to express yourself, to stand out from the crowd and to feel comfortable, since in fact we will feel more comfortable with those clothes or accessories that illustrate our inner world and state of mind. So today we will talk about the history of jewelry of the most beautiful and authentic adornments of different nations and also about those ethnic accessories that have become modern.

In the seventeenth century, European fashion lovers drew attention to fashion from the east, which remains very popular in our days. There were hair ornaments, veils, long earrings, and other ethnic elements. But only in the nineteenth century, ethnic fashion completely captivated the west. Later Indian, Japanese and African tribal accessories became very popular. Another boom in ethnic fashion occurred in the twentieth 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 tribal style ornaments . Ethnic jewelry includes artifacts from traditional cultures. Tribal jewelry is a style inspired by the aesthetics of the wild tribes and ancient times. And to be honest, in this publication we will focus more on tribal jewelry.

The first to draw attention to ethnic style and tribal jewelry has been the famous French designer Yves Saint Laurent. In 1967 he published his African collection. However, it seemed very democratic for fashion critics to wear metal belts and wooden beads as accessories. Another revolutionary aspect was that this parade was attended by dark skin models.

Today, designers around the world use accessories, patterns and ethnic forms in their collections. Tribal jewelry is an essential attribute of such a style with such high demand as boho, the Bohemian chic style.

From the beginning of the history of jewelry, we can consider painting or body makeup. This method of decoration is one of the oldest and most common, preserved among civilized nations in the use of flushing, dust, lipstick, remarked eyebrows, etc.

The countries in which this type of facial and body decoration was very popular are America, Africa, Australia and Asia. Today such thing is called tattoo, henna painting, permanent makeup and flash tattoo; It depends on your tastes. We are talking about jewelry here. And speaking of how this type of decoration has influenced the current fashion, I have to refer to facial ornaments.

In Southern California, the faces and upper body of the girls were painted light blue and sprinkled with silver powder. So from there came the facial jewelry like the chains, which are used to complement the hairstyle and necklaces, reaching up to the shoulders.

Fashion has expanded far enough. There are also adornments for eyes, eyelashes and eyebrows.

The idea of eyelash jewelry belongs to the designer Natalie Russo: the series is called Facial Jewelry , and has 35 items. But if the client has special wishes and preferences, Natalie can take them into account and make unique “eyelashes”, with Swarovski crystals, pearls, precious stones or gold beads.

Another jewelry trend for the eyebrows, is the piercing (the true and the false). Decorating the eyebrows completely with earrings is the latest fashion cry on the runways. And while some people believe that eyebrow piercing came to us from the culture of India, it is not. This type of facial piercing began its history with theinhabitants of the tribes of Africa, Polynesia and North and South America.

The first designer to introduce the piercing to the fashion area was Jean-Paul Gaultier. A collection, 1994, in which Jean-Paul Gaultier mixed elements of nationaladornments from Africa and Southeast Asia: silver jewelry and piercing became a youth fashion fetish. Gaultier said: “Ethnic should become a type of fresh blood that will give new life to all our new fashion trends.”

He also, incidentally, was the one who discovered facial jewelry to the world of high fashion.

All of us have heard about the end of the world in 2012, hence the global knowledge of Maya tribes. But in addition to the unusual calendar and predictions, this tribe was famous for its knowledge of medicine. Almost all Mayas cared for the health of their teeth and decorated them (to protect them from various damages) with various gemstones and metals: jade, jasper, sapphire, emerald, ruby, gold and silver.

Much later, precious stones appeared in the teeth of fashion lovers, but already inMedieval Europe. The reason for the emergence of this trend was simple: stones hid dental problems. One of the earliest carriers of the “bright smile” was Queen of Britain, Victoria.

More recently, this trend has appeared in modern podiums and red carpets. Dental jewelry has been exhibited by model Cara Delevingne and singer Katy Perry. But this trend was very impressive and extravagant, so that was quickly changed by the simple use of matt golden lipstick.

In Egypt, both women and men filled their garments with a variety of different accessories: bracelets, rings, tiaras, beads in numerous rows. The jewelry was usually made of ceramic and bronze. But the most popular Egyptian jewelry tribaladornment to date is the necklace made of metal plaques.

The necklace has been the most common type of jewelry, from prehistoric times to the present day. The necklace is followed by the bracelet for arms and legs, turbans, tiaras, belts, bandages, and finally rings, jewelry that appeared relatively later. Much later we began to wear jewelry on the ears, chin, mouth, nose, etc. That’s how the piercing appeared.

As for facial jewelry, the most common accessory is the nose. In the nasal septum or nasal wings are located rods, hoops, feathers, metal beads, shells, stones, etc. Lip adornment is found only in a few tribes in Africa and America. This type of jewelry acquired a special popularity of Botocudo. At the same time, among the Caucasians, piercing of the tongue and genitals was very common.

And then the nasal piercing appeared in the culture of India. I should not talk much about India, it is better to devote this subject to a future publication.

Indian nasal jewelry is called “nut” and it is believed that this pendant endows its wearer with seduction charms. Karl Lagerfeld, fascinated by the traditions of this country, dedicated a collection to the pre-Indian accent, calling it the Paris-Bombay of Chanel.

The traditional Japanese costume , the kimono, is very popular around the world.Its complex structure allows designers to experiment with it. In the same way, Japanese tribal jewelry has a complex structure. The most popular ornament of this culture that has reached the current fashion, is hair jewelry: Kanzashi.

Kanzashi is made from a wide variety of materials, such as lacquered wood, gold and silver plated, hawksbill and silk, and recently, plastic. In fact, the Kanzashi are highly valued as collectibles.

There are many basic styles of kanzashi which traditionally followed the use of hana (flower) and other stationary arrangements. Nowadays these arrangements only preserve them maiko.

Chinese tribal jewelry is very similar to Japanese jewelry, as it is also meant for hair. But the point is that traditional Chinese hairstyles are very complicated in design and generally require additional support. And, of course, by looking at your outfits, it is not very difficult to determine how jewelry will look.

The ethnic headdresses were decorated with flowers, branches with leaves and small buds. The brides weaved strands of pearls in their hair, colored silk strings, small garlands of flowers. Many designers still use Chinese style to create their jewelry.

By the way, Chinese culture has brought to fashion the use of natural plants in jewelry. Earlier I told you about a designer who makes jewelry using fresh plants:

I recently managed to find another talent that uses, not just fresh plants, but alive!

The designer Colin Jordan, from the USA, proposes to take with you your own little oasis. A series of jewelry, called”A plant of dress”. The details are so small that the containers of the plants can simply be hanging from a rope. Since Jordan’s jewelry is a plant, it is natural that it requires constant care. It needs to be watered and requires certain earth changes.

For the manufacture of its products, Colin uses ABS plastic, which is recyclable and non-toxic. The kit comes with an ornament plant, a leather cord and a manual for plant care.

I hope you have a lot to choose from.

Keep your style, be original and never forget your roots!