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Carefully Crafted Karen Hill Tribe Jewelry

Updated on October 2, 2014

Karen Hill Tribe Jewelry

Hand made traditional sterling silver jewelry made by Karen Hill Tribe of Thailand are magnificent original classic pieces.

The Bwa G'Nar or Karen are a traditional tribe of subsistence farmers who subsidise their income by making and selling traditional clothing and jewelry.

Each piece of sterling silver jewelry is hand crafted using traditional methods and tools to engrave ancient designs relative to their religion, land and the culture of Northern Thailand.

Garnet and Silver Heart Necklace
Garnet and Silver Heart Necklace

Hill Tribe Silver Jewelry

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Women Working
Women Working

Karen Hill Tribe Woman at Work

The Bwa G'Naw people or Karen started moving to the mountainous area of northern Thailand in the 17Th century due to civil unrest in Burma.

After great unrest and hardship here they have settled and live a simple happy self sufficient life style respecting the laws of nature and the land around them.

The Karens have rituals to live harmoniously with 'Lord of The Land and Water'. Believing in spirits in rocks,trees and the mountains that surround them.

These rituals and believes are reflected in the designs and patterns that are used in the jewelry and clothing that they make.

The great pure ancient artisans that they are.

Silver Handmade Rose
Silver Handmade Rose

Karen Hill Tribe Handmade Silver Jewelry Making

Simple Silver Earrings
Simple Silver Earrings
Antique Silver Bangle
Antique Silver Bangle

The Sale of Hill Tribe Jewelry

The Hill Tribe people are self-sufficient, by selling their jewelry and fabrics, the money that they earn helps maintain their farms and other activities, such as fishing and the building of huts.

Karen jewelry is purchased in bulk and distributed to stores and other retail outlets in Thailand and around the world. Any piece of jewelry sold 30% of the profits go to The karen Hill Tribe fund and which is passed on directly to the Hill tribe people.

This supports and contributes to their farming needs and aids with the up keep of their special unique simple and spiritual way of life with out the fear of exploitation and allows them the freedom to remain as subsistence farmers in mountains of Northern Thailand.

Fish Embellished Floral Bangle
Fish Embellished Floral Bangle

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      pkmcr 3 years ago from Cheshire UK

      I can think fo a few friends who would absolutely love these!

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      rewards4life info 7 years ago

      I still can't believe this is all handmade. Totally awesome lens. Blessed and featured at Squid Angel of Digital Art

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      These are really lovely. I can see myself wearing nearly all of the pieces you have shown here.

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      Jenny Campbell 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Yep, I would love some of this jewelry. A bit concerned about the women who wear rings round their necks to elongate them though

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      Susanna Duffy 7 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      What beautiful jewellery! I love those butterflies especially