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Bangle Coasters- Set of 4

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PRODUCT STORY
Vibrant and versatile, beautiful bangles can be found jangling on the wrists of women the world over, and while they may look like just another stylish accessory, for Indian and Pakistani women these lovely bracelets possess special cultural meaning. Indian girls (and even men) are allowed to wear bangles, or kangan, but married women are generally expected to wear them since these striking pieces represent the marriage bond in the same way that the Western wedding ring does.

Once broken, beads are usually bound for the landfill, but the skilled, fair-trade artisans at Jamkhek have found a brilliant way to restore these evocative accents to their former splendor. Featuring concentric rings of gold-flecked beads, these coasters are made up of the kind of rings you'd be happy to spot beneath your favorite drink. Handmade in India.
MATERIALS
reclaimed plastic beads, wool felt, wood
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Jamkhek
SUBMITTED BY
Candace Holloway, Uncommon Goods Buyer
NOTES
4.5" dia.
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Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

January 18, 2012 10:18:57 AM

Handmade by fair-trade artisans, these coasters give bangle beads a new life! Would they add just the right amount of color to your table?

Amanda
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January 18, 2012 08:01:36 PM

Really pretty, unique, and has a great story behind it.

Lea
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January 19, 2012 03:55:14 AM

They are pretty and I like the idea, but how will it hold up to cups that are persperating? Would it ruin the wood under it? Something like cork would work for soaking up the cups persperation.

Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

January 19, 2012 10:04:41 AM

Thanks for the feedback, Lea! The beads are secured to wood and the bottom of each coaster is coated with felt, so water won't soak through to the table. Does that change your vote?

connie
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January 22, 2012 10:44:15 AM

love the story behind them and if they look as good 'in person', they are beautiful! But, felt does not 'hold' water, it would eventually soak through unless removed periodically and dried!! Still a little pricey...have seen at flea markets made by local Pakistanians for $10-$15, depending on # in the set, or you can choose each one!!!

Jille
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January 23, 2012 11:09:03 AM

need to be accompanied by backstory or they're just colorful coasters..

Kim
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January 23, 2012 11:24:03 AM

Like the idea, don't like the cost,too high for my budget. Also wondering about if they realy work, would moisture soak through the fabric?

Rhonda
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January 23, 2012 02:50:18 PM

Beautiful. Symbolic. Functional art.

Laurel
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January 23, 2012 03:00:29 PM

Coasters work best if they are made in an absorbitant material. These are quite pretty, but not as practical as they could be...one side beads; one side cork.

J.
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January 23, 2012 05:12:41 PM

Fair trade and recycling!

Nadine
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January 23, 2012 05:40:59 PM

Love the story behind them and I enjoy buying upcycled things made of something that would normally end up in a landfill.

david
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January 23, 2012 06:16:33 PM

non absorbant, will let condensate water throlugh to table top. Also your explanation is culturally insensitive to women..

Diana
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January 23, 2012 07:20:17 PM

When using coasters to protect a table, I have found (through experience) absorbent material to work best. These strike me as pretty, but not particularly functional.

Saskia
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January 23, 2012 07:33:39 PM

Beautiful! Love them!

Rachelle
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January 23, 2012 08:10:43 PM

Not a fan of these type of coasters. As others have said they are not very absorbent.

Tim
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January 23, 2012 08:46:57 PM

They look really nice. I'd get them as a gift.

Mary Margaret
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January 23, 2012 09:26:31 PM

These are brilliant! What a wonderful story behind them. I would love them. Coasters are so boring these days. These are simply lovely! Be sure to include a story card about the process in the packaging to make the gift perfect!

sharon
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January 23, 2012 11:37:57 PM

After reading and looking more closely, these are nice. I like the beads BUT you are going to give more thought into the photography AND copy. The copy is too long and detailed but concept is important.

Rita
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January 24, 2012 05:04:25 AM

Agree with Jille that the backstory needs to accompany each package. Also suggest cork backing instead of felt to assure they are absorbent and functional.

Kay
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January 24, 2012 08:51:04 AM

fun, attractive, earth friendly, good price

Renee
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January 24, 2012 09:55:36 AM

I love the fact that they are a recycled product, and would totally wear them if they were somehow made into jewelry for us, but as coasters they aren't attractive and are too expensive.

Eva
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January 24, 2012 02:15:14 PM

they're a cute idea, but the color is kind of ugly to tell you the truth, and i am an organic recycling gal and i still wouldn't buy these :(

Britney
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January 24, 2012 03:08:52 PM

pretty

Nancy I
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January 25, 2012 02:22:57 AM

Moisture would seep through.

Carole
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January 25, 2012 05:07:04 PM

They dont seem practical

Paulina
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January 25, 2012 07:42:22 PM

I can see the interest. Being a fiber artist however, I just make my own. i do see their appeal however

Rebecca
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January 25, 2012 09:55:09 PM

Pretty commonplace and not Uncommon....

leigh
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January 26, 2012 09:37:29 AM

very pretty but price seems high

Sasha
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January 26, 2012 12:27:40 PM

Close up photo is critical to showing off the bead details!

Fawn
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January 26, 2012 03:01:29 PM

I would like to buy these now!

Clark
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January 26, 2012 05:21:55 PM

these look great, another great upcycle, but also a bit pricey for 4

Jolana
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January 26, 2012 06:39:32 PM

I think that one or two in a larger size would make a fantastic trivet, and as others have said they really need to go with the background story.

david
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January 26, 2012 06:49:11 PM

cultuirally insensitive.. plus beads wont absorb liquid and will not protect your tabletops

Lynne
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January 26, 2012 09:18:55 PM

I like that these are handmade, using recycled material and that they are culturally important. Well priced and useful.

Nancy
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January 31, 2012 01:07:55 AM

hurray for reclaimed materials!

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