Gold Bangles

In Attire

These bangles belonged mostly to my great-aunt, one of them belonged to my grandmother. They were passed on to my mother and then passed on to me. 
The one from my paternal grandmother Lillian, my namesake,  was given to me after she died. She had a set of them, as many Syrian women do, and each of her granddaughters was given one to keep and wear as a memory of her. Many women I know have a diverse collection of them, bequeathed by various family members who came from Syria, and others have purchased new ones from Israel.  I didn't know my great-aunt, but wearing the one from my grandmother makes me think of her every single day, and reminds me of all of the time I was lucky to spend with her.
I think we continue to wear bangles as another way of keeping the middle-eastern culture alive, despite being 3rd or 4th generation in America. 

Place(s): Aleppo, Syria
Year: 1912

– Lillian Rishty

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more