|The ancient Chinese recognized five elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Each was represented by a color: blue for wood, red for fire,
yellow for earth, white for metal, and black for water. Weaving a bracelet out of thread, yarn, or ribbon of the five colors helps the universe function harmoniously. These bracelets are especially popular with children. As you braid the colors, contemplate the cycles of nature by repeating: "Wood prevails over earth. Earth prevails over water. Water prevails over fire. Fire prevails over metal. Metal prevails over wood."