Family TiesThe recent tradition of family ties only shows the latest history going back around two hundred years. Cowrie shells were recently introduced to Orubia by visiting traders and the trend has caught on fast. Shells are tied through the center gap if a couple are wed, with a knot and line of children running down from their bond (the child shells are wrapped around twice, once for each parent’s protective arms). Shells are varnished in red if the family member is deceased, a sliced cord indicates separation and a burnt cord means exile.
To cut your ties means to separate yourself from people completely, never to see them again.The family ties can be sewn onto a fabric background or tapestry, but are frequently left loose to be hung as an ornament in the family home. When travelling on long journeys, sometimes a person will take their family ties with them so that it feels like their family is on the journey too (it also makes for a great discussion piece when visiting relatives that are far away).
A tangled family implies that a family has become so big that it's hard to follow each thread and keep order or peace.
Orubia, the verdant sister
The tropical continent of Orubia is connected by an isthmus to the larger continent of Melopia.