Handcrafted Spiral Bracelets
Pulseras Espiral Hechas a Mano
These handcrafted bracelets, pulseras hechas a mano espiral (in Spanish), are made by Zenú Indian artisans, natives of the Caribbean region of present-day Colombia, South America. They consist of caña flecha (arrow cane) fiber strips woven over a blank. The flexibility of this blank makes it possible for these bracelets to provide a snug, yet comfortable fit for a wide range of wrist sizes. Because this product is handmade, the measurements of individual bracelets vary somewhat. On average, if your wrist circumference is more than about 6-7/8 inches, this bracelet will fit you snugly. If your wrist circumference is less than about 6-5/8 inches, it will fit you more or less loosely, depending upon the size of your wrist. When all four spirals are in contact, the overall length of the band, parallel to your forearm, is 1-1/4 inches. Alternatively, you can spread the spirals out along the length of your forearm.
The caña flecha used to make this handcrafted bracelet is grown, harvested and processed to make fiber strips that are used to weave a wide variety of apparel accessories. This work is performed by Zenú Indian artisans on a reservation near the town of San Andrés de Sotavento in Córdoba State, Colombia, South America. The processing methods implemented are traditional, handed down from generation to generation. Dyes used to color the fiber strips are likewise traditional, made from plants using customary recipes. For a complete description of how Zenú Indian artisans process caña flecha for weaving purposes, refer to our blog post titled "Manufacturing and Tinting Caña Flecha Fiber Strips for Handmade Apparel Accessories." Indeed, weaving is central to contemporary Zenú culture. Applying knowledge to transform simple materials into useful things, as in weaving, expresses the Zenú concept of everything happening under the sun. Indeed, the difference between materials, or components, and finished products is the knowledge of how to incorporate the former to obtain the latter. Weaving illustrates the Zenú concept of how everything comes into being. The Zenú often coded knowledge of various things in figures that appear in the weave of their products, particularly the sombrero vueltiao. Information about these figures, called pintas, is available in our gallery, and in our literature about the sombrero vueltiao.
Let the pattern visible in the weave of your handcrafted bracelet serve as a reminder of a special sequence of steps, an arrangement, an exercise or something else that you would like to keep handy!