Gone were the days where you would see people using nylon strings to make friendship bracelets… those were the old days where some students in school-whether elementary or high school would wear those types of bracelets out of the nylon material. It has become every students’ addiction of making friendship bracelets out of this kind of material.
Nylon strings were soon replaced by paracord string in making bracelets and you could choose which style of bracelet you want (e.g. basic braid, double braid, cobra, fishtail, or any other style you want), also.. you could choose the color of strings you want (even your universities’ color if you’re an Ateneo Blue Eagle, La Salle Green Archers, UP Maroon or UST Growling Tigers). You could also just buy some paracord strings from the store nearby your house, with some buckle and create your own bracelet. These are being sold at P150 each.
Now enter the loom bands, which is now a craze among teenagers and adults. You could also some of those loom band kits being sold at some stalls in the ‘divisoria’ , even in malls and almost everywhere. Loom bands are colorful rubber bands weaved into a bracelets and charms. Loom band kits contain numerous colorful rubber bands, a metal hook or what we call the crochet hook, and some other things used to make it into a bracelet.
They are invented in the year 2011 by Cheong Choon Ng, who is a Malaysian immigrant who went to United States to attend Wichita State University, graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering course. This ‘loom band’ idea entered his mind when he was watching his daughters making some jewelry out of rubber bands. Like the paracord bracelet, loom bands also have different style (some of them though are quite similar with that of the styles of making paracord bracelet like the fishtail.) The styles of making loom band bracelets are fishtail , multi-row, starburst, etc.)
Fun as they may be, people have been warned of the dangers it might pose on the kids, as well as for those who own pets inside their house as it may contain dangerous chemical. There’s nothing wrong with creating loom bands, just be careful and keep them out of reach of kids and pets.