|Vintage Snake Brooch, The Retro Bottega|
The Chinese lunar calendar has been in use since 2637 B.C. and is based upon a 60-year cycle made up of five separate 12-year sub cycles... got that? We are currently in the 78th cycle which began in February 1984 and ends in February 2044.
|Vintage Snakeskin Dress, Strange Magic Vintage|
12 animals are used to symbolize each of the 12 sub cycle years. Those dozen animals comprise the Chinese zodiac. Legend has it that Lord Buddha summoned all animals to meet him before he ascended into Nirvana. Only 12 of the animals came, therefore he named a year after each of them in order of their arrival.
With snakeskin making its way to the forefront of many Spring fashion lines, 2013 looks like it will truly be the year of the snake! Whether your style is retro rocker, boho chic or classic sophistication, you can find your snakeskin fix in the trendsetting shops on Etsy and make the year of the snake your best looking yet!
|Silver Snake Bracelet, Amy Fine|
|Custom Snakeskin Jacket, Victoria Westbury|
|Vintage Snakeskin Boots, Amber City Vintage|