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BACKGROUND:
Super Sunday in New Orleans is a venerated day. It is the day that all the Mardi Gras Indians throughout the city come out to show off the pretty new suits. When you say that an Indian looks "pretty", that is the best compliment you can give them.

A Mardi Gras Indian makes a new suit from scratch every year - sewing beads, and feathers, and rhinestones to create a suit that makes a statement about who they are, what they believe, the past that they come from, and the future they look towards.

It used to be that Mardi Gras Indians could only come out during Mardi Gras, because in the history of this city, that was the only time that African-Americans could come out on the streets and parade. Mardi Gras Day - when the whole city is in costume and revels - that was when the African-American community also came out. But then, it wasn't all about the celebration. This was the time when tribes would come out and have confrontations and battles in the street, which would sometimes end in violence. This doesn't so much happen anymore, as tribes are more about the positive aspects of being an Indian, of their tradition of artistic creation, carrying on family legacies. Mock battles still take place, when spyboy seeks out the approaching tribes, they meet and yell and shit talk and put on a show. But it's all a show.

I see the Indians every year, several times a year. Whether it's in a parade or second line; at a music show, randomly out somewhere, Super Sunday or Mardi Gras Day, they are always a welcome site.

BRINGING BACK A CLASSIC
Back by popular demand are the Mardi Gras Indian segmented bracelets that I debuted two years ago, and which promptly sold out. This past year I took my Nikon SLR out to Super Sunday and tooks some shots of the Indians in their pretty new suits. I thought it would be a great way to make my art wearable, to take it from the walls to the body.

MY ART
This bracelet is my work of art from start to finish. I took the photo, had it developed and then encased it in plastic; cut the photo into strips, punched holes into it and connected it with jump rings to make a segmented bracelet.

A FAMILY AFFAIR
This particular photo - which is also reflected in whole in the pics - is of a family of Mardi Gras Indians doing their name proud.

SIZING
Length of bracelet: 7 1/8"
Length including clasp and closure (adustable with several rings for better fit): 8 3/4"
Will fit medium to large wrist comfortably. If you would like me to add more rings for closure, or need me to adjust the bracelet to make it smaller, just let me know.


Wear your art.

A Family Affair - Mardi Gras Indian Segmented Bracelet

$30.00

Only 1 available


Overview

  • Materials: photo, plastic, jump rings, lobster clasp
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Feedback: 61 reviews
  • Favorited by: 8 people