There is also a strong tribal or ethnic influence in the designs specifically her collection of septum nose rings and jewelry designed for stretched ear lobes. Some of the popular designs include multi-finger rings.
Jewelry which stands out for sure!
The Ancient Practice of Stretching Earlobes
In today’s Western culture, we dread stretched earlobes from wearing heavy earrings. But stretched earlobes is a form of body modification which go back thousands of years, all over the world. The reasons for the practice ranged from aesthetics to status symbols.
Some of the tribes who practice stretching include the Maasai of Kenya. Asian tribes who have long ears include the Karen in the Thai/Myanmar area as well as the Dayak who can be found in Borneo ( East Malaysia and Kalimantan, Indonesia).
|Totonac figurine with ear spools|
So the younger people today going for stretched earlobe sare not really doing anything new. Much like tattooing and alternative piercings, stretched earlobes are growing in popularity especially when people see various celebrities with them.
The stretching process is best done gradually with tapers of increasing size to ensure the even stretching. The ancient way was to slowly wear increasing numbers of heavy earrings over several years.
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