Thai Vintage/Antique? Belt? Necklace? Headdress?


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  • Another find from my trip to the Thai-Cambodian border in 1992. I'm not sure where it's from, although I bought it from an Akha woman, they and most "Hill Tribe people" seem to prefer silver and/or colorful glass beads.
  • I don't even know what it is, possibly a bronze belt, although I've seen them re-worked into stunning necklaces. They were reasonably plentiful in the late 1980s and early 1990s but rare now.
  • Add it to your collection, or replace the old cotton cord running through these disks with a colorful silky cord  to get the effect. The discs slide over each other, articulating to form any curve, flexing easily and smoothly.
  • Alternately you could dismantle it and use the individual components (there are about 54 of them) in your own necklace or earring designs.
  • The copper component is clear in this bronze belt, giving it a warm glow
  • The individual discs appear to be made by very fine lost wax casting