This hand-crafted spiral ring is made of the same brass as the Kayah Hill Tribe’s iconic traditional brass neck ring adornment. Each ring is formed with a single delicate brass wire hand-wrapped into a spiral shape in large and small sizes. Wear the large as a standard ring size, or the small as a trendy above-the-knuckle ring, or both!
All Kayah shiny brass will eventually patine to a beautiful matte finish. If you prefer your ring shiny, do like the Kayah do and wash it with lemon juice and soap- it will return to its original luster in a matter of minutes!
Kayah women’s signature brass neck rings are a source of cultural beauty and pride, however their iconic nature also makes the Kayah particularly susceptible to trafficking for forced labor in tourist “villages.” These “villages” function in many ways like a human zoo. Kayah and other Hill Tribes are paid just enough to eek out a meager survival while denying them basic human rights such as mobility and access to services such as adequate health care, education and even electricity. Traditional crafts are one avenue that Kayah can use to supplement their income by selling their wares to tourists who visit their “villages.” As Daughters Rising also works to provide alternate vocational and education opportunities for Kayah women, the purchase of each piece of brass jewelry goes directly to Kayah artisans, helping them supplement their income and provide for their families.