Hand carved Bone, Jade, Wood & Pearl shell pendants, carvings, gifts & art
The Cord, The Bag & The Story Sheet
Every piece comes with a braided or plaited
waxed braid cord with bound in loop and toggle, along with woven native
flax bag designed to show of the traditional styling and beauty of
For the larger and more ornate carvings the cords are made from several strands of fine waxed braid hand twisted or plaited to form a durable cord with a very traditional feel and look (Cord 4). These cords are much thicker and also include a bound loop and carved bone, pearl or jade toggle similar to the natural colour cord shown on this page.
The cords for the smaller pieces (and carvings
under US$60) are most often made of a soft but very strong waxed braid
which again gives a very traditional look while being durable in all
conditions (Cord 2 or 3). These cords are again normally fitted with
a bound loop and bone or jade toggle but can also be supplied
as a simple cord with two slip knots and no toggle that allows easy
adjustment of the length.
In most cases the cord is attached by being looped through the carving so it can be easily removed but in some of the larger or more ornate pieces the cord is actually woven into the carving becoming an integral part of the design.
The length of the cords is such that the piece should sit in about the middle of the upper chest approximately 100 mm (4 inches) from the base of the neck. This makes the cord roughly 525mm (21 inches) in length when fitted to the carving.
If you would rather it sat higher more like a choker or want a specific length, please indicate the length required in the comments section when placing your order. There is no extra charge for custom making the standard cords to any length required, long or short.
The small bag or pouch (called a "Kete" in Maori) that also comes with every carving is made from treated and woven flax or similar material. It is again designed to compliment your carving and also provide protection when it is not being worn. The Maori have used the fibre from plants like the hardy flax for hundreds of years to make bags, baskets, mats, clothing, ropes, bindings and even the walls of their huts. It is therefore the most appropriate way to present and care for a traditional or even contemporary bone, pearl or jade carving.
Standard post shipping for up to 5 cords is only US$3
Cord Ordering FAQ
= If you are wanting a replacement cord for a carving you purchased from The Bone Art Place and are not sure which cord will fit it email us the details (or even a photo of the carving) and we will let you know which cord to go for.
Cord 1. A simple waxed braid cord with two slip knots for adjusting the length.
Cord 2. Waxed braid with a traditional bound loop and bone toggle.
Cord 3. Waxed braid with a traditional bound loop and jade toggle.
Cord 4. Plaited waxed braid with a traditional bound loop and toggle
(jade or bone).
Most cords can be supplied in either natural (brown) as illustrated or black and can be made to any length required.
Custom Traditional Bindings:
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