History of the Wrist Cuff
Fashion historians originally thought that the cuff had descended from the Napoleonic era,
when the chemise came into fashion and the cuff needed to be secured at the wrist. However, anthropologists and Mayan experts have found hundreds of examples of leather cuffs that were worn as early as “several thousand years B.C” to indicate one’s status or rank and also one’s family affiliation. This custom was not exclusively a Mayan tradition, Egyptians, Incans and Celts all wore cuffs to indicate tribal ties.The most common adornment was a simple leather band with a flower in the center of the wrist. It was said that this cuff in combination with other status accessories instantly communicated one’s wealth & status. Yet even those with the lowest social standing could be found with this simple testament of filial bonds.