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Lee Begay, Navajo - Sterling Silver and Coral
Tufa Cast Kachina Leather Cuff
HK Item #NBK01

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Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Lee Begay, Navajo
Sterling Silver and Coral
Tufa Cast Kachina Leather Cuff

NBK01 - $390 plus s/h       

Paula says - "This leather cuff is very adjustable. You can punch more holes to make the cuff smaller and then either overlap the leather or cut off the excess. To make the leather cuff larger you can use the laces provide to open up the cuff or you can add longer laces if necessary."

Size   

Holes are punched for a 7" to 7 1/2" wrist but you can adjust the fit per Paula's comments above.

Materials
sterling silver, Read about silver
coral, Read about stones
black leather
Artist
Lee Begay, Navajo

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

Supple and durable black leather.

Authentic Native American tufa cast sterling silver and coral kachina leather cuff by Navajo artist Lee Begay

 

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What does Tufa Cast mean?

Tufa cast, or sand cast, items are Indian Hand Made items using a procedure developed by the Navajo silversmiths in the mid 1800s. It is a labor-intensive process that involves many steps.

Using tuff stone, a porous rock from volcanic ash, tufa stone, a porous limestone that forms near hot springs, or sandstone, a harder stone, the artist carves the design of the item being cast. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and finished. Bracelets are poured flat and then shaped. Read more . . .

What is a Kachina?

A kachina is one of many supernatural beings who play a role in the religious beliefs and rituals of Pueblo Indian peoples. A kachina is also a masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony. Also, a kachina is a carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit.

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