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Carefully Crafted Karen Hill Tribe Jewelry
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.
Hill Tribe Silver Jewelry
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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.
Karen Hill Tribe Handmade Silver Jewelry Making
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.
© 2010 Julia M S Pearce