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Beaded Wrist Warmers from Lithuania

Wrist warmers are stylish and versatile accessories, fun to knit and easy to wear—and they have a long, rich history. In Lithuania, beaded wrist warmers are an essential part of the traditional folk costume, with their origins in practical necessity: keeping one's sleeve cuffs securely closed against the Baltic weather. First simply a piece of ordinary outdoor clothing, wrist warmers gradually became more and more highly decorated, worked in bright colors, stripes, and patterns, and–of course–with beads. Now, Irena Filomena Juškienė brings together a collection of striking traditional Lithuanian beading designs, turning these popular and comfortable accessories into genuine works of art!

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