Wanderer Bracelets are handmade by Balinese artisans who work to support their families. There are no factories involved in the production of their products. Everything from the strands of thread woven together to the carved symbols to the bags they ship their bracelets in are made by hand.
The Balinese are very close to nature and have a long history of intricate carving with coconut, water buffalo bone, water buffalo horn, and wood. Most water buffalo live their lives on small family farms where they are highly valued and cared for. Families rely on these venerable animals to plow rice terraces and fertilize crops. Balinese communities are very close to nature and never let anything go to waste. For this reason and out of respect for their buffalos who have passed away, the Balinese often recycle the bones in the form of art, tools, and jewelry. Water buffalo bone carving is part of their life heritage.
Wanderer Bracelets value preserving heritage artisan skill, so each individual bracelet pendant is carved by hand out of upcycled water buffalo bone in the same traditional style that has been passed on for generations. Because they are handmade and not mass-produced, each pendant takes its own slightly varied shape, meaning no two will ever be the same.
Weaving is a deeply important part of Balinese culture. Each morning, you will find Balinese locals placing offerings called “canang sari” – small woven baskets filled with flowers, incense, and other items – in streets and temples as a thank you to the gods to maintain balance and peace on earth. All of our bands are hand-woven to honor this important Balinese practice.
As each bracelet is made from natural materials, the color will slightly adjust over the first few months of wear as it takes on elements that are a part of your life journey. Salt water, perfumes, and natural oils will give each bracelet its own look that is uniquely yours.
Each bracelet comes in a jewelry bag hand screen printed and stitched in the same village where your bracelet is made.