This is an Double Stand Old Woven Sisal and Cowrie Shell Money Belt or Necklace from the Kamba Tribe of East Africa. Shell money is a medium of exchange similar to money that was once commonly used in many parts of the world. Shell money usually consisted either of whole sea shells or pieces of them, which were often worked into beads or were otherwise artificially shaped. The use of shells in trade began as direct commodity exchange, the shells having value as body ornamentation, however popular cowrie shell has many uses and meanings. It has shown up in the form of money, jewelry, and religious accessories in almost every part of the world. Found in the islands of the Indian Ocean, the cowrie shell soon gained popularity throughout much of ancient Africa. Spiritually, according to African legend, if you are attracted to cowrie shells you could be family to an ocean spirit of wealth and earth. It also represents Goddess protection which is very powerful and connected with the strength of the ocean. Throughout Africa the cowrie symbolized the power of destiny and prosperity. Thought of as the mouth of Orsisas, it also is believed to have taught stories of humility and respect. Eventually, money became an ornament. Shells are beautiful, after all, and people the world over have worn them adorning belts, necklaces and earrings, keeping alive the tribal love of adornment. This beautiful woven Old Kamba Cowrie Shell Necklace or belt that would be a great addition to your wardrobe or collection. To get the sisal to lay flat, just get it wet and gently stretch it out and keep in place till it dries.
14 Inches Long
28 Total Length
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