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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Hill Tribe Jewelry

Today we would like to provide some information on the Hill Tribe peoples and their crafts, some of which we use in our jewelry. We'll provide a link at the end to each of our pieces that use these wonderfully crafted items, all of which in our case are sterling silver charms of various styles.

Generally the Hill Tribe people are any one of about twenty or so groups located in Northern Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. Some of these groups do exist outside of Thailand but generally when you hear of Hill Tribe crafts of any sort, it is known that they come from these regions. In total there are approximately 550,000 people that are considered to be part of the Hill Tribes. There several main groups in which much of the silver handicrafts come from, primarily from the Thailand Hill Tribe peoples. Here are a couple that are more famous for their silver crafts.

The Akha migrated from Tibet and China starting in 1910. Originally known for their involvement in agriculture they now focus more on their crafts. They are also famous for their extravagant and exotic costumes which are very colorful and laced with silver beads, charms, and other pieces.

The Hmong originated in Mongolia, Tibet, and Western China. Traditionally known for agriculture and Opium production which has steadily decreased over the years they are now focusing on their handicrafts as well to supplement their income, they are gaining popularity for their intricate embroidery now as well.

These are just a few of the tribes, to read about many more and their wonderful histories go to Tayara.com to see our jewelry that contains Hill Tribe Silver follow the Hill Tribe Jewelry Link.

During the writing of this blog a huge natural disaster occurred in Myanmar which many Hill Tribe people come from. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by this great loss.
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