Earthtones Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Distant Terrain, Earthtones Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Gerty SchlagerCosta Rican artisan Gerty Schlager reclaims scraps of stained glass and fuses it to create artful jewelry designs. In this handcrafted necklace, a teardrop art glass pendant in warm, earthy reds and...$79.99
Rainbow Cotton Fabric and Recycled Glass Statement Necklace
Rainbow Ruffle, Rainbow Cotton Fabric and Recycled Glass Statement Necklace
Size: 20 to 22 inches
Eva Asantewa AmakyeGhana's Eva Asantewa Amakye presents a stunning necklace that is resplendent in rainbow allure. Dozens of cotton print circles stack together to create multi-dimensional color. The fabric center is...$74.99
Artist: Eva Asantewa Amakye
Chartreuse Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Afternoon Fields, Chartreuse Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Gerty SchlagerCosta Rican artisan Gerty Schlager reclaims scraps of stained glass and fuses it to create artful jewelry designs. In this handcrafted necklace, a chartreuse teardrop art glass pendant suspends from a...$79.99
Blue Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Reflected Sky, Blue Art Glass Teardrop Pendant Silk Scarf Necklace
Gerty SchlagerCosta Rican artisan Gerty Schlager reclaims scraps of stained glass and fuses it to create artful jewelry designs. In this handcrafted necklace, a blue teardrop art glass pendant suspends from a silk...$79.99
Green Multi-strand Recycled Cotton Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Joyful Green, Green Multi-strand Recycled Cotton Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Rajnandinee and SrabontiIndian artisans Rajnandinee and Srabonti design a multi-strand necklace in joyful shades of deep green and grass green. Each of the five strands are made by hand by covering plastic beads with...$39.99
Colorful Batik Cotton Strand Necklace from Java
Javanese Tradition, Colorful Batik Cotton Strand Necklace from Java
Size: longer than 22 inches
Marie PangIn the tradition of Javanese handicrafts, this cotton fabric necklace is decorated with intricate and colorful batik motifs. Marie Pang creates the necklace, which is further enhanced with beads of...$69.99
Artist: Marie Pang
Batik Cotton Strand Necklace in Blue and Green from Java
Javanese Waters, Batik Cotton Strand Necklace in Blue and Green from Java
Size: longer than 22 inches
Marie PangIn the tradition of Javanese handicrafts, this cotton strand necklace is decorated with intricate batik motifs in blue and green. Marie Pang creates the necklace, which is further enhanced with beads...$69.99
Artist: Marie Pang
Burst of Blue
Blue and White Three Strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Burst of Blue, Blue and White Three Strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Rajnandinee and SrabontiRajnandinee and Srabonti of West Bengal, India, provide the answer for those looking for a maximalist accessory: a striking three-strand blue and white necklace. Crafted by hand, the necklace is given...$44.99
Indian Handcrafted Necklace of Recycled Cotton Wrapped Beads
Lemon Drops, Indian Handcrafted Necklace of Recycled Cotton Wrapped Beads
Rajnandinee and SrabontiRajnandinee and Srabonti design this multi-strand necklace in gold, green, brown and soft yellow tones. Handmade using plastic beads that are wrapped with recycled cotton, the necklace's top and...$39.99
Indian Three Strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Kolkata Glamour, Indian Three Strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Rajnandinee and SrabontiIndian artisans Rajnandinee and Srabonti hail from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal, where, they say, they, "...were brought up in Bengal tradition...We love Indian arts and crafts." Here...$44.99
Flashes of Red
Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace from India
Flashes of Red, Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace from India
Rajnandinee and SrabontiIndia's Rajnandinee and Srabonti design a blue and white necklace punctuated with strands of contrasting vivid red for those days when you need to accessorize with bold style. Hand-made from plastic...$49.99
Many Strands Blue Yellow Wood Cotton Brass Pendant Necklace
Cheerful Collection, Many Strands Blue Yellow Wood Cotton Brass Pendant Necklace
Size: longer than 22 inches
ThanadolArtisan Thanadol of Thailand creates a pendant necklace with a lively mixture of color and form. The necklace features three strands that come together at a single brass button clasp. One strand is a...$29.99
Indian Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace in Purple
Purple Flair, Indian Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace in Purple
Rajnandinee and SrabontiFrom Rajnandinee and Srabonti of Kolkata, India, comes this handcrafted three-strand fabric necklace in deep, rich purple and maroon tones. "We are trying to promote Bengal crafts and hope to...$44.99
Harmony in Orange
Handcrafted Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Harmony in Orange, Handcrafted Multi-strand Fabric Wrapped Beaded Necklace
Rajnandinee and SrabontiOrange and contrasting beige blend harmoniously in this handmade three-strand necklace from Indian artisans Rajnandinee and Srabonti. Two strands of plastic beads are covered with orange recycled...$44.99
Red Hmong Sun Medallion
Handcrafted Cotton Pendant Necklace in Red from Thailand
Red Hmong Sun Medallion, Handcrafted Cotton Pendant Necklace in Red from Thailand
NuleeThe Hmong sun medallion comes to life in the pendant of this cotton necklace. Patchwork in red, blue, purple, and yellow create this important motif. Nulee creates this classic Thai design, centering...$19.99
Fabric Necklaces(15 items)
Welcome to our Fabric Necklace Collection, each piece crafted by NOVICA artisans who carry on ancestral traditions in contemporary designs.
The Village Council
Your answers straight from the village experts
Handmade necklaces are incomparable works of wearable art. Each one is unique in shape, color, size and design. Artisans from across the globe offer their own distinctive style of craftsmanship. In India, the vibrant colored gemstones have become a signature fashion statement. Balinese jewelry is characterized by ornate sterling tendrils set with tiny silver spheres. In Brazil, womens necklaces are often sleek and contemporary, with gemstones chosen for their particular energies. Many jewelry designs from Bali and Central America feature hand-knotted macram, such as that used in Guatemalas popular friendship bracelets. Handmade finishes may show variations in metal patterns. No two natural gemstones share the same characteristics. Each necklace holds its own individualistic sense of beauty, making it evident that it was crafted by hand. Some even bear the artisans signature.
Sustainable necklaces are designed with reusable materials, and each culture makes use of the objects and materials most readily at hand. For example, many Andean, Central American and Thai artists use repurposed wood. West African artisans use recycled paper, and beads of recycled glass or plastic. In Thailand, Mexico and Bali, coconut shells are often used. Indian artists sometimes repurpose silk from saris. And Brazilian artists collect discarded zippers and soda pop-tops to crochet into stunning, eco-friendly designs.
Many artisans the world over work in lost wax. They sculpt the image they want in wax, encase it in a mold, and pour molten silver or gold into it. The wax melts and flows out, leaving only the precious metal. However some artisans in Peru specialize in handmade silver and gold filigree, and some Balinese necklaces feature chains that are handwoven from slender metal strands. Karen hill tribe artisans in Thailand often use manual tools to stamp decorative motifs on fine silver. Other techniques include macram, beaded or gemstone strands, hammered metals, and carved wood or bone.
Precious metals and natural gemstones are the most popular materials for women's necklaces. Silver, gold and brass all provide durability as well as beauty. Artisans also utilize local materials that can include coconut shells, bamboo, bright African print fabrics, ceramic beads, natural amber, carved bone and bull horn. Both Peru and Mexico have rich silver mines and silver is used for traditional jewelry as well as contemporary designs.
Womens necklaces are versatile and come in many styles and lengths. They can be layered or worn alone as a statement piece. Many designs go with everything from jeans to office wear or an evening out on the town. The best thing about jewelry is that its a customizable form of expression that provides a sense of luxury and individuality.
When assessing the workmanship of a necklace, its helpful to pay attention to certain characteristics. For example, quality necklaces are balanced designs that rest comfortably around the neck. Clasps are secure and work well, and gemstones and beads are properly set. The precious metals should be nicely finished, and beads should not be too tightly strung. Well-made necklaces reflect excellent craftsmanship and attractive materials.
Each culture celebrates its rich jewelry-making history through specific symbols and styles. For example, traditional West African beads, which adorn many necklaces from the region, each have a story and a specific occasion when they are worn. Others may feature the Ghanian adinkra symbols, which convey popular wisdom. In ancient Andean civilizations, the leaders apparel and jewelry showed their rank and also incorporated religious symbols. Similarly, necklaces from Bali often depict deities from the Hindu pantheon. In India, a womans jewelry is linked to her status in society and may depict Hindu gods as well as mantra symbols such as the omkara, the root of all sounds and the emblem of the Most High. Angel necklaces and harmony ball necklaces are often worn by pregnant women in Bali and in Mexico. The pendant makes a delicate bell sound, thought to soothe the mother and the baby she is carrying. Some believe it summons a guardian angel, thus making it a symbol of loving protection.
Featured Review on Fabric Necklaces
Unique necklace - a real show piece
My husband bought this necklace for me for Christmas. It was the only one available at the time. So glad to see that it has been restocked so more can by it. A wonderful combination of Ghana/Krobo beads and cotton wax print fabrics. I have received many compliments on it - and of course, tell them to check Novica.
Rajnandinee and Srabonti Handcrafted handbags, scarves and shawls
"We are trying to promote Bengal crafts and hope to generate more employment and help revive Bengal's rich heritage."
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