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Our journey to Ouroboros.

gray stone with green plant

It was March 2020. Life had been difficult for me – Saqib – for quite some time.
Only in February, my friend Erik had suggested traveling through Thailand together. He saw my struggles and knew I needed some time off. Far away from the Netherlands. At a place I could be completely myself. Find myself, as it turned out later. Cause when I started this travel, I surely didn’t even know who I was, nor what I really wanted in life.

Erik had been at this stage of life years before. He had found his peace of mind in Thailand, and so he took me by the hand, and showed me what he had discovered.

I was terrified stepping into that plane. March, 7th, 2020, I still remember that day. It had been some time I travelled that far, and I didn’t know what to expect nor if I would like it or not.
Especially since my friends pretty much arranged that trip for me, and I had literally planned nothing. The control freak in me was stressed. But from the second I had stepped into the airplane, I felt the positive energy flowing.

We arrived in Bangkok first, and traveled further to Cha’am three days later. Cha’am is about two hours South from Bangkok, located directly at the beach. And this is where our journey started for real.

Days and nights of honest talks, sitting in the sun, driving through nature, it all appeared so easy. Far from home, it felt much easier talking about my struggles, and admitting mistakes I had made in the past. And it felt good hearing that Erik had gone through the same struggles I was facing at that time.

He told me how he had found his way through the struggles. How meditation and actively dealing with his problems was the key to survival; Was the key to happiness.

Now you have read about the Ouroboros, aKa Brahman Energy, in our first blog. But what does this have to do with bracelets? And what does inner peace have to do with fashion?

Erik used to be a Designer for Bracelets in the Netherlands for many years. The industry is driven by success and money. It is a cruel, superficial world to live in. And the constant urge to achieve more had finally become a curse.

Bracelets and fashion had always been his passion, but he realized soon that the lifestyle he had was anything but a sustainable one. So he strove towards finding inner peace and letting go of the need to earn more and more money. He traveled to Thailand frequently. Picked up meditation and surfing, and had deep conversations with Thai people.

That’s when he discovered the Brahman Energy. And only during our trip together, he told me that he had designed a Bracelet that should symbolize the Brahman Energy.
All of his personal achievements, the struggles, the pain, the growth and the realization that everything is temporary should be displayed in the Brahman Bracelet. To not only honor the Energy, but to also create a daily reminder of his personal achievements.

And that’s where I came into place…

Ever since I can remember, it had been my dream to start an own business. Ever since I can remember, it had been my dream to become happy.
I had arrived in Thailand on March 7th as a person full of fears and doubts. And thanks to Erik, I had left Thailand on March 17th, 2020 full of ambitions and motivated to accept myself and my life the way it is, simply by living by the Brahman Energy.

I returned to the Netherlands with the plan to tackle my problems and no longer hide from them. And I decided to bring out this bracelet to the Dutch market to share the Brahman Energy with the world, and to enable every person to wear a daily reminder of the achievements they have reached in life.

Welcome to the Brahman Bracelets Family.

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What is Ouroboros? Discover the roots of Brahman Bracelets.

A snake biting in its own tail. Now that’s something you don’t see every day – do you?

You’re probably thinking right now, what are these two men talking about? But no, we did not loose our minds. In fact, we probably had lost it a bit before we discovered Ouroboros. But let’s start with the snake before we get to Ouroboros. One step after the other, we surely got time.

If you live in the Western world now, chances are high you don’t see snakes that often anymore. At least not conscious.

When was the last time you were sick? You went to the pharmacy to get antibiotics, or cough syrup. Did you look up to the façade before entering the store? Probably not, cause why would you. You were probably in a rush. You didn’t feel like being outside, you didn’t like that area of the city very much, and there were way too many people inside. All you wanted to do is get your medicine and go back home as quickly as possible. And there you missed the snake.

The symbol of pharmacies is a snake climbing up a staff (WHO) or bowl. The snake represents the healing and wisdom, based on its ability to shed its old skin after growing into a new one. And this is where the link with Ouroboros is made.

Ouroboros represents infinity, rebirth and an overall cyclic nature, meaning that everything is temporary. The good and the bad. And every time you conquer difficulties or struggles you are having in life, this is exactly what happens. You grow into your new skin.

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100% handwoven.

One of the things I noticed from being present at markets is that people are so used to the fast fashion industry nowadays. It is quickly forgotten how much work is put into one Cobra bracelet. It is truly handmade.

All in all, it can take up to 4 hours before the bracelet is ready to be sent. Yes, you read that right, 4 hours. Its look is deceiving. Although our bracelets are made from three main ingredients, waxed cords, a piece of leather, and a stainless steel lock with the inscription of Brahman, all those loose cords need to get braided in order to get the finishing touch of the stainless steel lock.

The cobra bracelet is made from 12 loose cords in total. They are all waxed with plant-based wax. This is the base to make our bracelets truly indestructible! The bracelets get braided in a special way, the braiding itself takes up most of the time.

And there’s another surprise. Unlike you would expect, we start braiding in the middle of the bracelet! This creates the loop that goes around the lock and requires extra care. Too small and the bracelet can not be (un)locked. Too big and you will lose the snake’s head that you can see when you wear the bracelet. It took Erik a lot of tries to get this right… I can still hear him curse! Hahaha

Come visit us at one of our upcoming markets or fairs, or check out our Bracelets at one of our shop partners to see the fine braiding done yourself. If none is available in your area, ordering one is an option as well. 😉 Let’s see if you can understand the fine art of braiding when having our masterpiece in your own hands.

And now starts the time-consuming part… This is what we call “the grind”. This part needs to be done at once, or else you will create bulbs due to loose braidings. And that is not the quality we want to go for. Imagine how much focus you need when you have multiple color ropes… You need to count every braid you make!

3 to 3.5 hours later (depending on the size) you have a whip-like string in your hand. And after a good cup of tea, coffee, or beer, it is time for a small secret. The lock needs to be secured with a special knot. This knot does not only secure the lock, it is also a finisher. Here we also decide what color rope will go around the lock.

And after all those steps, we have one thing left to do: finish the bracelet completely. After the lock has been secured and the leftover cords are cut and singed there is this small piece of leather to make sure the bracelet gets its finishing touch. It goes over the singed part as this is not the most beautiful part of the bracelet, sewed with one rope tight around the braided end.

And voila! Here you have it! The Cobra bracelet in black color. The bracelet will be hard in the beginning due to the layer of wax but it will soften up by wearing it as much as possible. Yes, you should even shower and swim with it! There more you wear it, the faster it will adjust to your wrist and become a smooth part of you. And for the impatient ones… You can also wash it with your clothes (don’t forget to put it in a laundry bag tho).

Quite impressive, right? So what do you think now of our masterpiece? Let us know in the comment section. And please, do not hesitate to reach out to us in case of any questions, wishes, or feedback.

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A fresh start…

Fresh start