Reimagined Components: Hand-drilled North Carolina purple and white wampum shell strung on 26" brown leather.
Components Found in: Wilmington NC
Wampum is a traditional shell bead of the Eastern Woodland tribes of the American Indians. It includes the white shell beads fashioned from the North Atlantic channeled whelk shell and the white and purple beads made from the quahog or Western North Atlantic hard-shelled clam.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.