Today’s popular fashions follow trends from pop culture, social media and other societal factors. Some of the popular fashion items in our wardrobe are spiritually revered in various cultures around the world. Other fashions are inspired by revered objects that have meaningful and in-depth historical backgrounds. Cowry shells are a perfect example of such revered objects!!
These shells are commonly used for jewelry, hair accessories, clothing, arts, and crafts. Cowry shell images are also used on fabric prints.
My Afro-Chic and cosmopolitan brand House of Rubi has fashion items made with cowry shell fabric prints!
I currently have accessories made out of cowry shells. Yet today, I found out that cowry shells have a deep spiritual meaning and has been revered in various nations around the world for centuries!
Cowry (also spelled cowrie) are the shells from sea snails (marine gastropod mollusks). The shells are shaped like an egg.
Some cultures in Africa, America, and Asia, spiritually associates cowry shells with the water goddess. Cowry also represents femininity. In some world cultures, women would wear a chain of cowry shells around their hips to increase their fertility.
Historically, cowry shells have been used as a religious accessory for ceremonial purposes.
Cowry shells also symbolizes wealth and prosperity. It has also been used in America, Asia, Africa and Australia as a form of currency!!
Check out these detailed articles and case studies to learn more about Cowry Shells.
The international Journal of Human and Social Science
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