|Wristbands, particularly ones wrought in leather, are an ancient
Tomb of Tutankhamun.
Depending on country, culture, religion or social class, a
wristband revealed to the observer insights about the wearer. In ancient Egypt, wristbands
were worn by slaves. Roman gladiators, Celtic kings, and Aztec priests wore them.
Blacksmiths have worn them for centuries.
"Dying Gaul," Hellenistic Period.
Greek Hero, Pre-classical Age.
Aztec "Lord of the Vanguard," Pre-Colummbian
Goddess Artemis/Diana, Medallion From Siberia, Late
Most likely, the wristbands creation was practical, not
decorative. The band would keep the wrist from dislocating, protect the major artery in
the wrist from being torn, strengthen the wearer performing a particular repetitive
motion. The wristbands practical purpose has never been lost; what has been gained
through the ages is adornment.
Maria Esztergalyos is a young New York City-based designer who makes leather and suede
wristbands wide rock & roll styles, medium width bands, and thin ones. Some
have studs, eyelets, scalloped buckles, square buckles; others are left "rough,"
with the punched holes unprotected. I love the rough hewn look of these "just
punched" bands; they are the ones that especially remind me of gladiator gear, of
Maria made her first band in 1995. She calls it a "crazy glam watchband" in
sparkling green. Maria fashioned it for a class project in a 3D art class. From that point
on, Maria was bitten by the leather band bug, experimenting and expanding her knowledge.
So we invited Yaniv and Cia to show you Maria's creations, in a fantasy of
back-to-school premières amours.