Along the edges of these ties are sewn tiny white beads. They represent stars, and are sewn in with love. The wearer knows that whoever gave the tie to them loves them very much. In weddings the ties hang 40, 50 on each partners hat. The community’s blessing, telling the couple how much they are loved. Watanas are tied around the wrist of family members as protection and connection to the community. It is customary for the shaman to tie watanas loosely around the neck, hanging down like a necklace, in ponytales, around the head. Your purchase of these Fair Trade textiles allows entire villages to maintain the life, culture and dignity in their ancestral homes.