What exactly is PLUR Kandi? PLUR stands for peace, love, unity and respect. PLUR Kandi is a term used by young people to describe beaded bracelets exchanged at Raves. Surprised? I was too. My youngest daughter attends Raves quite often. She’s not into the drug scene. She does love to dance, use glow gloves and exchange the Kandi she makes herself. She’s not a tween, she’s an adult. She has plans to teach PLUR Kandi bracelet making to her nieces. What makes PLUR bracelets a great tween project?
Tweens love rituals
When exchanging PLUR Kandi bracelets, those who make them, have a special way of doing so. There is a hand sign for each of the 4 words making up PLUR. Once the hand signs are complete, your PLUR bracelet is slipped onto the wrist of the person you’re giving it too. This little ritual is designed to promote the 4 principles of peace, love, unity and respect.
Tweens learn about the importance of personal connections.
Making PLUR Kandi bracelets is an act of sharing and caring. It serves to strengthen the connection between the two people making the exchange. Sometimes both people give bracelets simultaneously. Sometimes just one person gives Kandi they have made to someone else. Either way, it’s a beautiful ceremony between two individuals. Not exactly the type of activity people outside the realm of raves would expect to be happening there, is it?
PLUR Kandi gives tweens a safe activity when they reach Rave age.
I know you don’t like the thought of your tween growing up and attending Raves. Some of the things that go on there are quite frightening. There is, however, a growing trend toward not being all drugged out at Raves. A lot of kids are using them for positive activities like sharing Kandi. By getting your tween into PLUR Kandi bracelet making, you may just sway them in the right direction.
They’re just bracelets.
Your tween doesn’t have to know about the connection between Kandi bracelets and Raves. After all, these are just bracelets made with pony beads and stretchy string. They can be elaborated by using animal, alphabet or other decorative beads. Your tween can also learn to make cuff style bracelets. They can be exchanged at school, instead of at Raves.
How do you make PLUR Kandi?
Well, as I said, it can be plain or elaborate. The picture accompanying this article is a Kandi bracelet my 27 year old daughter made me. She simply strung the beads onto some stretchy string and tied a knot. If you’re interested in teaching tweens how to make more elaborate PLUR Kandi bracelets, you can find plenty of instructions online. You can also learn how to do the PLUR handshake.
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