This wonderful, colourful beaded necklace, with hours (or even days!) of minute work, was handcrafted by a family of the Kalbeliya Nomads from the Thar Desert of India. Traditionally, the tribes used Beads as money, talismans and for decoration purposes. In some tribal regions, the status of a woman is only decided through Bead-Work: the more efficient and elaborated Bead-Work she makes and wears, the higher the status she is given.
Ethnic styles express lifestyle. They are practiced by individuals whose heritage is rooted in community rather than land, and considered cultural property.