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Friendship bracelets are special bracelets given from one friend to another as a symbol of friendship. They are handmade and usually made out of embroidery floss or thread. There are various styles and patterns, but most are based on the same simple half-hitch knot. The making of friendship bracelets is a version of handweaving.
The amount of thread used in bracelets can vary. The smallest pattern, a double chain knot, requires two strings. The candystripe can have as few as three strings and as many as forty, based on pattern and thickness. Because of their versatility, they are worn by both males and females of all ages. They are particularly popular with pre-teen and adolescent girls and with present-day hippies, deadheads or Rainbow Family participants. Thicker bracelets are commonly worn by both male and female surfers.