A traditional Central American Indian craft, these symbols of friendship became vastly popular in the U.S. during the 1970s. History of the friendship bracelet tells that each bracelet is believed to grant a wish to the person who wears the piece, only to have it come true when the bracelet naturally breaks apart. Over the years, the popularity and custom gradually faded out. The lively bracelets have recently resurfaced with a grown-up style and a flourishing outlook, no longer reserved for teens.
Typically made with several strands of string or cord such as hemp, thread or silk, styles can include the art of macramé and Kumihimo braiding. However, colored strings no longer make the cut. In fact, adding a variety of crystals, charms, antiqued metal beads and other simple beading components give friendship bracelets a huge fashion makeover. Not to mention, the one thing agreed on is the more the merrier! From beaded to braided, stacking on the style and accessorizing with a variety of designs and colors makes a statement and instantly gives your wardrobe a fresh feel.
Designing friendship bracelets is fun and creative, and with a variety of patterns available, there is a design for all skill levels. While instructions may appear intimidating, once the basic technique has been mastered, other patterns and components can be integrated. Depending on the woven pattern of the bracelet, customizing with beads can be a simple addition, making friendship bracelets as perfect for a night out as they are for everyday wear.
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