Handfasting is a beautiful, symbolic marriage ceremony, or ritual, and is believed to span several cultures dating back thousands of years. However, it is widely accepted as being of ancient Celtic origin and a nature-related ritual with a spiritual tradition. The phrase "tying the knot" and the action of shaking someone's hand to agree to something, are probably derived from this action of binding the couples hands together, often with coloured ribbon or cord to symbolize their union of love. 

This handfasting cord is braided with a white and silver satin cord and measures 7 feet long and 1 inch wide.  I have attached a 1 1/2 inch silver charm (#33), but you can choose any charm from the chart.

I make these handfasting cords myself in a smoke free home.  I do, however, have a dog, and she is with me constantly.  I have tried to make sure the cords are dog hair free, but the hairs that float through the air seem to have a mind of their own.  If you happen to find one, I apologize.  I tried.

12 Strand White and Silver Handfasting Cord