Rave Kandi and How to Make it: Everything You Need to Know - Rambling Adventurista (2024)

Get ready for music festival season with this article that covers everything you need to know about rave Kandi and how to make it!

The basis of this article is to help you if you’re new to the rave scene or Kandi so it doesn’t take you half of the festival to realize why people are wearing a bunch of bracelets and trading them. Also, to help you get involved with the Kandi process and make the most out of your festival experience.

Continue below to make Kandi!

What is Kandi?

Kandi is associated with the Peace, Love, Unity, Respect, and Responsibility (PLURR) community and is often made of pony beads or stones with festival-themed words on it. It symbolizes individualism and rebellion. Kandi you have received or are not for trading are worn on the left arm, while ones you made that are for trading are worn on the right. Just make sure not to ask to pick out the Kandi you want to trade for unless you are offered!

There are many different styles of Kandi for trading. Some pieces are really elaborate, others are the more common. Kandi is a way to get creative and show your appreciation for the scene and the people you know or meet! It is important when making Kandi, that you make pieces that you yourself would want to receive from someone else. People often save their Kandi as part of their memories from the festival.

How Do You Trade Kandi?

In order to start the trading process, you must start and connect with someone in a conversation. It doesn’t have to be a long conversation, but a big part of trading Kandi is meeting new people and forming new connections with people that are apart of the festival community, which is my favorite part of the process. Even with my sole 2 Kandi, I was able to meet and develop new friendships with people at EZoo, making it a positive experience.

When trading Kandi, some will do a sort of “handshake” that is part of the community. The person starting the trade will make a peace sign. The other, in return, makes a peace sign and touches the others peace sign fingers with their own peace sign. This is the Peace part. Next is Love, where then both, using the same hand, will make the half of a heart and together form a full heart with their hands touching. The last part before the exchange is unity, where then the same hands interlock as if you’re holding hands. At this point, you select the piece of Kandi you’re giving them and pull in up your wrist, over your interlocking hands, and place it on their wrist. This is respect.

They do the same with the Kandi they’re giving you, and voila! You have successfully traded Kandi! Make sure to move the new addition over to your left wrist, if it isn’t already, so others know that it is off-limits!

Kandi Supplies

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To make the common style of Kandi, you will need:

  • Different colored pony beads
  • Elastic string
  • Lettered pony beads
  • Scissors

How to Make Simple Kandi

  1. Measure a piece of elastic string so that it fits around your wrist, with a little bit of space for comfort, and a little longer end for tying the bracelet together.
  2. Choose the festival-themed word that you want to put on the bracelet.
  3. Beginning stringing the colored pony bead in any style or pattern that you choose.
  4. In the middle of the string, add the word spelled out in the lettered pony beads. Make sure it is spelled correctly!
  5. Add the rest of the colored pony beads after the word to even out the bracelet.
  6. Tie the ends together using a strong knot! These bracelets will receive a lot of wear and tear, so make sure that the knot is tied and here to stay!
  7. Repeat the steps for however much Kandi you want to make!
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Kandi Word Ideas

If you’re unsure what festival-themed words to add, here are a few ideas to help you get started:

  1. Happy
  2. Just Dance
  3. Vibez
  4. Dont Care
  5. Any of the artists’ names that are playing at the festival you’re attending
  6. Passionate
  7. Alive
  8. Live Life
  9. Kinky
  10. PLURR
  11. Peace
  12. Love
  13. Unity
  14. Respect
  15. Responsible
  16. EDM
  17. Keep Dancing
  18. Rave
  19. Random
  20. Freaky
  21. Head Banger
  22. Tribe
  23. Chill
  24. Bass Drop
  25. Rave Babe
  26. Squad
  27. Babe
  28. Single
  29. Full Send
  30. Night Owl

Exploring Rave Kandi and how to make it opens up a colorful realm of creativity and self-expression within the vibrant rave culture. Crafting these unique accessories adds a personal touch to your rave experience, allowing you to shine even brighter amidst the pulsating beats and dazzling lights. Embrace the art and culture of Rave Kandi, and let your imagination run wild as you create your own signature pieces for unforgettable moments on the dance floor. Enjoy your Kandi and stay safe! PLURR!

Rave Kandi and How to Make it: Everything You Need to Know - Rambling Adventurista (2024)
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