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A Modern Take on Worry Beads

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified May 20, 2014 01:06 AM
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by Alexa Hotz last modified May 19, 2014

A few years back, I was walking through the streets of Athens when I noticed the locals carrying strands of beads, constantly running them through their fingers as if counting each one. I later learned that the beads, called komboloi (or worry beads), are a longstanding aspect of Greek and Cypriot culture, used as a stress relief device. These colorful komboloi-inspired beads by Brooklyn designers  Fredericks and Mae  have made me consider acquiring a strand myself, to cope with impending deadlines—or decorate a wall. The necklaces are made from horsehair, leather string, wooden beads, and Gutermann thread dyed in pigment. Above: A row of colorful small sized strands. Above: The Small Worry Beads  measure 27 inches long; they're $100 from Fredericks & Mae. Above: The three-foot-long strand of Large Worry Beads is made from wooden beads, leather cord, horse hair, and thread; $500 through Fredericks & Mae or from Matter . Above: A detail of the Large Beads with their equally large horsehair tassels. For more on the designers, visit our post  Back to the Future: Nostalgia from Fredericks and Mae . And on Gardenista, have a look at Wooden Bead Hanging Planters . N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on August 31, 2012 as part of our issue called The Last Gasp of Summer . More Stories from Remodelista Maquillage with a Mission: Make in NYC Eileen Fisher: These Clothes Start with a Seed A Good Seed: Eileen Fisher Fifth Avenue






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