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The significance of Indian Traditional Jewellery

Jewellery symbolises feminine charm and beauty. The art of jewellery making is deeply rooted in every culture. In a diversely populated country like India, jewellery has been playing an important role in ornamentation. Crafted in precious metals and stones, jewellery pieces are not just elegant to wear, but also carry a special significance in Indian tradition.

In the sculptures at Sanchi and Ajanta can be seen the wide range of jewellery worn by men and women. The temples of South India indicate the rich heritage of jewellery making art. Stone studded jewellery was not just for ornamentation, but every stone would have its unique characteristics. Rudraksha, Tulsi beads are still used to worship in Hindus.

Every woman’s love for jewellery is unique. Many modern jewellery trends still revolve around traditional types and designs.

Here’s the significance of Indian traditional jewellery types:

  1. Bangles and Bracelets:

    Kada and bangles are some of the most crucial ornaments for married women.
    This elegant type of jewellery has been given many romantic connotations.
    Bangles or bracelets of different types were worn in North and South Indian traditions. They are popularly known as Kangan, Churi, Bangadi, Dastband.
    As per Indian traditional logic, wearing bangles in hands help women with blood circulation. Bangles are widely used in many precious and non-precious metals.
    Kada or bracelets are usually made up of metal. It is hollow from inside and stone studded or carved from outside.  The tinkling sound of these circular ornaments is as good as their design.

 

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  1. Nath /Nose Ring:

    Remember how stunning the big and bold nose ring from Jodha Akbar was?
    Yes! An over-sized nose ring is not a new trend. It’s one of the oldest types of jewellery in Indian tradition. Exquisite Naths studded with pearls and polki can never go unnoticed. This type of jewellery is said to be introduced by the Muslims in the 9th Soon, this stunning piece of jewellery was widely accepted in many cultures. Many people in Hindu tradition do nose piercing at the young age for it to be less painful. As per Ayurveda, nose piercing plays important role in have a good feminine health.

 

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  1. Odiyanam/Kamarband/Waistbands:

    The gold ornament Odiyanam or waistbands originated from Dravidian culture.
    Even today’s women love to flaunt beautiful waistbands on sarees at any wedding function. It adds unprecedented charm to any traditional look. Even in North Indian traditions, women wear waistbands, popularly known as Kamarband.
    Scientifically, these belts are believed to prevent fats accumulation near the waist and help in maintaining a woman’s figure.

 

Indian traditional jewellery is not just about looking good, but also about maintaining health. Even, modern jewellery trends borrow from these age old traditions.

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