In this article, we’ll be discussing what Kandi is, how it’s used at raves, and how to trade them.
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What is Kandi?
Kandi is jewelry made out of colorful beads that are strung together to form bracelets, necklaces, anklets, and more. They are often given as gifts between ravers at festivals and events. The beads can be made out of different materials, such as plastic, wood, or metal.
The colors of the beads often have special meanings, such as peace (white), love (pink), happiness (yellow), and so on.
How Kandi and PLUR are Connected
Kandi is often associated with the rave culture and the PLUR (Peace, Love, Unity, Respect) philosophy. This is because Kandi is often exchanged between ravers as a sign of friendship and goodwill.
The act of exchanging Kandi is called “Kandi swapping” or “trading Kandi.” It’s seen as a way to connect with someone on a deeper level, as it requires you to give something of yourself (your Kandi) to another person.
Why is it Called Kandi?
The term “Kandi” comes from the phrase “candy necklace.” This is because the beads are often strung together to look like candy.
When did People Start Wearing Kandi?
People have been wearing kandi at raves since the early 1990s. It was first popularized in the United States by ravers who attended nightclubs in Los Angeles.
What is the Point of Kandi?
Some people believe that wearing Kandi is a way to express yourself and your individuality. Others see it as a way to connect with other ravers, as it can be used to start conversations and make new friends.
For example, if you see someone wearing Kandi, or if you yourself are wearing a cool Kandi piece, then people may ask you how you made it or just compliment you on your look.
How do You Make Kandi?
Kandi can be made at home with some basic craft supplies. You’ll need beads, thread, and a needle.
First, thread your needle and tie a knot at the end. Then, start stringing the beads onto the thread. You can make patterns with the beads, or just string them randomly. Once you’ve reached the desired length, tie another knot at the end to secure the beads.
That’s it! You’ve now made your very own kandi bracelet.
How to Trade Kandi at Raves and Festivals?
Trading Kandi is a tradition at raves. It’s seen as a way to show appreciation for someone’s style, or as a way to make new friends.
If you see someone wearing kandi that you like, you can approach them and ask to trade.
In order to initiate the trade, it often begins with the PLUR handshake which is done by a series of hand gestures involving a piece sign, heart sign, hand hold, and hand grasp.
To see it in action, we recommend this video by Marc:
When exchanging Kandi, it’s customary to say “peace, love, unity, respect” (PLUR).
Trading Kandi is a great way to meet new people and make friends at raves. So don’t be afraid to approach someone and start a conversation!
Why do People Trade Kandi?
There are many reasons why people trade Kandi. For some, it’s a way to show appreciation for someone’s style. Others do it as a way to make new friends. And for some, it’s simply a fun tradition that they enjoy taking part in.
Whatever the reason, trading Kandi is a great way to connect with other ravers and create new friendships.
Kandi Trading Etiquette
There are a few things to keep in mind when trading kandi:
- Ask before taking someone’s Kandi. It’s considered rude to just take someone’s Kandi without asking first.
- Don’t be offended if someone doesn’t want to trade with you. Some people are very particular about who they trade with, and that’s perfectly OK.
- Don’t trade Kandi with someone if you don’t want to. It’s totally fine to just say no if you’re not feeling it.
- Be respectful of other people’s Kandi. Don’t touch it without permission, and don’t put it on without asking first.
- Keep an open mind. You never know who you might meet or what kind of Kandi they might have.
So there you have it! Now you know all about Kandi and how to trade it at raves. Go out there and make some new friends!
Who do You Trade Kandi With?
The great thing about Kandi is that you can trade it with anyone! Whether you’re trading with a friend or a complete stranger, it’s a fun way to connect with people.
Do People Still Trade Kandi?
Yes, people still trade Kandi at raves and festivals. It’s a tradition that has been around for decades, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
So if you’re ever at a rave or festival, don’t be afraid to approach someone and start a conversation. Who knows, you might just make a new friend!
Nate’s first ever major EDM event was Hard Summer in 2016. After hearing Porter Robinson close out the festival, he’s been attending live shows on a consistent basis. His favorite EDM genres are currently trance, drum and bass, and house.