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GENUINE BRACELETS HAIR African elephant .

Today this belief remains strong in certain areas of today's culture.

The traditional elephant hair bracelet has slip knots allowing it to open so it can fit in the hand. Once you are at your side, tighten the knots so that it fits your wrist.

In recent times, different designs have been created for you to choose.

HISTORY AND BELIEF

For thousands of years African mythology has believed that the connection between heaven and earth is the elephant. With the use of an elephant hair bracelet you will be protected from any damage. You do not get sick or ill will be healthy. You will be prosperous and you will always find love.

The traditional bracelet for centuries has been a bracelet of 2 knots. About 40 years ago people started making bracelets with 3 knots ... 4 knots or even more. Nowadays, some people say that the amount of knots in the bracelet is different. There is no evidence in the mythology of East Africa.

When choosing your bracelet you can solely rely on the aesthetic aspect.

Is it legal to possess an ELEPHANT HAIR bracelet?

In August 2016 CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) https://www.cites.org   passed a law banning trade in elephant hair. Retailers still in possession of elephant hair and in possession of the Wildlife License Traders (allowing them to sell elephant hair jewelry) are allowed to sell their products until the time their stocks run out. You are allowed to own an elephant hair bracelet in any country, which is purchased from a licensed trader.

FRANCIS CARY

Francis Cary is the third generation of elephant hair jewelry artisans. Francis lives in the heart of Zululand, in the area known as The Elephant Coast   (http://www.visitelephantcoast.co.za/index.php?home)

His father lived in the area in front of him and passed the trade on him. In more recent times Francisco has introduced metals to his creations. All closures and accessories are molded and made in place. The whole elephant hair bracelet is made by him the hand.

Francisco's grandfather grew up and lived only a few miles from his current home. It was one of the first hunting guards in the Hluhluwe Imfolozi game reserve which was established in 1895   https://hluhluwegamereserve.com/hluhluwe-game-reserve-history/

Before being a ranger he owned a freight transport company back and forth from Zululand to Johannesburg by the ox cart (a trip that lasted 3 months). It was during this time that he came in contact with the "elephant hair bracelet". He started doing them and negotiated with the local tribe. He was a well-known character in the area and many stories are still told about him today.

Today Francisco enjoys the rich history of his ancestors, and is proud of his workmanship. It is with great sadness that his office will end in a few years once his provision of elephant hair has been exhausted.

Maintenance and care of your bracelet

Elephant hair is very thick, about 200 times as thick as human hair. It is thick at one end and narrows to a point at the other end. It is the hair of nature and can not be treated in any way as human hair. It comes in contact with the sun, the wind and the rain all the time. Every 6 months or so you can rub the olive oil very lightly into your hair. If you have an elephant hair bracelet with shifting knots be very careful not to rub too much oil on the bracelet, because if this happens, the knots will slide open freely and the bracelet will not stay closed (see video how to repair your bracelet). It is best to get a cloth and let the oil be absorbed by the fabric completely and then rub your bracelet very lightly with the cloth that allows a minimal amount of oil to join the bracelet. Remember that the natural oils in your body will also help to preserve it.

Under no circumstances use shampoo or conditioner on your ELEPHANT HAIR bracelet. Your bracelet will become brittle and in a very short time, your hair will break.

If your bracelet is properly maintained, it should last 10 years. There are bracelets that have been used for up to 20 years.

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The elephant hair bracelet was historically used by African tribes who believed it would enrich their lives and protect them .

Different designs and styles

Francis likes the bulk of the bracelet to be "elephant hair". I try to incorporate as little metal as possible. There are often requests for imitation elephant hair bracelets made of silver or solid gold - there are also many requests for bracelets made of leather or plants. Because of the tradition Francis Cary does not do this.

Over the years there are many different designs I have created. Many of these are now made in other parts of the world. Some of them can not be copied. From time to time someone will ask for a new style that is not familiar. These are always made to order.

Frank Cary 1932-2016

Francis Cary 1956-

Lionel Cary1880-1952

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Adam Sendling -Delaware. Brigitte thanks again for your wonderful service. It just got today. I lost count of the number of bracelets I bought. As far as Francis .................

Mary Anderson -Denver. Return from Tanzania and buy a bracelet that broke after a week. Just received the mine from you. Thank you very much. Absolutely beautiful! Very glad that I found you on the web

Hector Remington-United Kingdom. Just to thank you so much for the repair of my bracelet. I bought it in Africa 12 years ago. You can not believe how well they have done it. I will recommend you to my friends.

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