This is where the fun really begins. There isn't a culture on the planet that doesn't use some form of adornment whether it be jewellery, scarring, tattoos or piercings. In some cultures these adornments are a rites of passage to womanhood or may reflect status within the society, they may attract or protect but for many of us, and especially ATS® dancers, we just love the display and the chance to dress up.
Much of the jewellery we use comes from the tribal peoples of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India such as the Turkoman and Kuchi. There are also some stunning pieces from the Tuareg and Berbers of north Africa or the Miao from China
Please think carefully about the provenance of any jewellery items you might be tempted to buy. There have been many examples of grave robbing or cases where tribal women are selling off their ancestral inheritance at vastly under-rated values just to earn a little money. There are many replicas around which will look just as effective on stage but again it is worth checking the source to ensure fair trade for tribal people.
Tribe Zuza has a fantastic selection of jewellery which you can buy online or from their souk at our annual Serendipity retreat