Bangles have been a very auspicious symbol for women in India and in many countries of course since time is true, precisely from the times of Mohenjo Daro (2600 BC). This feminine bracelet somehow happens to unite the women because it is considered to have garnered a faith of its own.
Bangles are known as ‘bangri/bangali’ which in Sanskrit means ‘an ornament that adorns the arm’, and the variety of cultures around has lead to the creation of a variety of beautiful bangles. Not only married women wear red, green and gold bangles or the ‘chuda’ as they call it in some languages, it is widely worn and appreciated by women of all ages simply because of its elegance.
Bangles made from sea shell, copper, bronze and silver were the earliest to be excavated but now glass bangles, lac bangles, gold bangles, clay bangles all are available. If we talk about the colours that these bangles are available in all colours, u name it and its there.
One factor that makes these bangles all the more stunning is the amount of detailing and intricate designing done on it. There are designs done even on the inner side of the bangle. There are floral motifs carved in it, geometric and symmetrical designs are also done. The bangle is known as a ‘kadaa’ when the base is broad and it may also have embellishments on it to enhance its value.
Women love collecting all types of bangles because of its versatility. It is one ornament that is so easily available, easy to be worn and gorgeous looking which makes it demanding. Currently, Hyderabad has the largest manufacturer of glass bangles and has one of the oldest and biggest markets in India. Laq bangles and silk bangles are famous in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Women in South India wear gold or copper bangles with unique designs. In Gujarat, Bengal, Sikkim and other parts, ivory bangles are still considered to be as a symbol of married women in their communities. Not only in India, bangles are famous in Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan and other countries also revive this tradition, especially the married women.
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