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note #4

Coco disk beads from the Philippines were at one time readily available at bead wholesalers in New York City. I remember one showroom in particular that had a large section of a wall covered with hundreds of strands of coco disk beads in various diameters and a dazzling array of colors. The snaky strands were attractive, but once cut a mixed scatter of disks of the larger diameters was irresistible. Strung flat in overlapping rows in structured collars they resemble the feathered headdresses worn by some of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin.

Although the collars can't be worn as headdresses, they are flexible and light weight and fun to wear (and they don't molt).

1) Coco full collar (Turquoise & Yellow) available at www.wadibijou.com (click link to see details).
2) Coco full collar (Black) modeled by Geri B. (photograph by David Schler).
3) Coco full collar (Ivory & Coral) available at www.wadibijou.com (click link to see details).
4) Coco short collar (Terracotta) modeled by Helen H. (photograph by David Schler).
5) Amazonian feathered headdress / Kayapo tribe Brazil (image copied from: National Geographic Magazine, January 2014, p. 4).
6) Coco full collar (Black & Teal) available at www.wadibijou.com (click link to see details).
7) Coco disk beads (selection of earth tones).
8) Coco full collar (Terracotta) available at www.wadibijou.com (click link to see details).

 

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