Tokens of Friendship (1) – Friendship Bracelets
Friendship Day celebrations occur on different dates in different countries. The first World Friendship Day was proposed for 30 July 1958. On 27 April 2011 the General Assembly of the United Nations declared July 30 as official International Friendship Day. However, some countries, including the USA and India, celebrate Friendship Day on the first Sunday of August.(Info Source)
When we care about a friend, it seems natural to have the urge to show it to them by means of a gift or token. This week I bring you Tokens of Friendship.
Today, I feature FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS. Many friends acknowledge each other with exchanges of gifts and cards on Friendship Day. Friendship bands are very popular in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and parts of South America.Read more on International Friendship Day
The World of Friendship Bracelets
Thanks to braceletbook.com for the INFO
Friendship bracelets seem to be appearing on the wrists of everyone from children to grandparents. These bracelets are often made of embroidery thread or yarn and can be woven into many intricate patterns. Some are even made with beads woven into the design. Making friendship bracelets is a fun project for any age, and with so many patterns available, there is a design that is right for any skill level. Friendship bracelets are not only beautiful and interesting, they also carry special meaning for the person who made it and the friend who wears it.
A friendship bracelet is a handmade bracelet intended for a special person. A friendship bracelet is usually made of several strands of embroidery floss that have been knotted to form intricate patterns. People of all ages but particularly teens have made use of a macrame technique to create these bracelets for their friends. Because the technique is relatively simple, requires no special equipment and can be done with inexpensive materials, making and sharing friendship bracelets is something nearly everyone can do.
The History of Friendship Bracelets
Knot-tying arts have developed independently in different parts of the world. Some of the earliest decorative knots from China still in existence today are from the period 481 to 221 B.C., according to the County of Middlesex Cultural and Heritage Commission. Over time, the Chinese developed many uses for knots, including clothing decoration, buttons and household objects.
Macrame, a craft of tying knots to create intricate patterns, is said to have developed in 13th-century Arabia. Arabian weavers are thought to have started creating knotted patterns with the fringe at the edges of items made on a loom. In following centuries, the practice traveled to Italy and France.
Sailors picked up this knot-tying practice to pass the time at sea. To this day, the basic knots used in macrame are the same knots that are an invaluable part of the sailors’ knot-tying repertoire: the half knot, the square knot and the half hitch knot. Macrame became popular in 19th-century Britain and was revived in the U.S. in the 1960s; although its popularity waned in the following decades, macrame appeared alive and well during the beginning of the 21st century.
Life Script suggests that the friendship bracelet is a direct descendant of Central American Indian crafts. The friendship bracelet first appeared in the U.S. during the 1970s when it was popular to wear ethnic items
The Meaning of Friendship Bracelets
A friendship bracelet is given as a sign of friendship. It is intended to be tied on the wrist of a friend and worn continually as a symbol of lasting friendship. MakingFriends.com suggests selecting colors for a friendship bracelet that reflect the character traits of the intended recipient:
Here is a great gift for yourself or for someone who wants to learn how to make friendship bracelets.
I wish I were a kid again I would make a bracelet for every single one of my friends. What a great idea too- making friendship bracelets during your PJ party.
Some Friendship Quotes:
“A friend should be one in whose understanding and virtue we can equally confide, and whose opinion we can value at once for its justness and its sincerity.”
“A friend to all is a friend to none.”
“A single rose can be my garden… a single friend, my world.”
“Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”
Friendship Day Trivia:In honor of Friendship Day in 1998, Nane Annan, wife of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, named Winnie the Pooh as the World’s Ambassador of Friendship at the United Nations.