This engraved bracelet represents a fraction of the wide repertoire of silver jewellery made, worn and exchanged by highland communities in northern Thailand. Several types of bracelets with coiled, plaited and twisted forms were worn. This type of bracelet is mainly worn by the Hmong and Yao people.The Yao like the Hmong are highland communities who live in nothern Thailand. They migrated from Laos to Thailand during the 18th to 19th centuries.For many highland communities, silver was valued more highly than gold. Silver jewellery was a way of investing a family’s wealth to be passed down as heirlooms. It was also believed to have protective properties. Today, where security maybe a problem, silver is kept locked away whilst aluminium is used as a substitute.

Early 20th century
Northern Thailand
Object size: H0.6 x D7 cm
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Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum