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Bangle Beauty of India

October 18, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 20   Category: Others    Views: 590

Bangles have been the beauty marks of Indian women even before historic times. The Indus valley civilization portrays the ornamental use of bangles. Bangles have been inevitable accessories of Indian women.


Bangles have been the symbol of Indian femininity for thousands of years. Beautiful bangles of gold, silver, glass and lac have been adorning the wrists of Indian women adding their beauty. It has been customary to get new bangles on special occasions which the bangle sellers deftly slipped on the hands of all Indian females. Nowadays bangles are available everywhere in as many varieties as possible.

History of these feminine favorites

Evidences of Indus valley civilization portray bangles adorning the wrists of prehistoric women. Glass bangles were used in India even in prehistoric times and a glass factory of great antiquity producing bangles was unearthed some years ago in Uttar Pradesh.

Bangles were being used all over the world. Egypt is regarded as the origin of bangles. Some specimens found in the pyramids suggest that Egyptians were very advanced in glass making. Oldest pieces of glass bangles were found in the excavations of ancient Mesopotamian civilization. Bangles made of glass, lac and precious metals are very popular in the South Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Bangles with elegant designs and eye catching carvings are worn in these countries on every special occasion religious, social and cultural.

Gold bangles

Indian gold bangles are popular throughout the world. In spite of the soaring prices of this yellow metal, South India is flourishing with gold bangles since they symbolize prestige and dignity of the wearer. Gold bangles inlaid with diamonds and other precious stones are famous in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka states. Glittering beads are used liberally on bangles with intricate artistic works to enhance the effect. Imitation and covering bangles are also popular these days.

Glass bangles in Hindu rituals

Glass bangles have a special attraction with their colorful varieties and sound effect. The South Indian ceremony called Valaikaapu (bangle ceremony) which occurs during the seventh month of a woman's pregnancy is celebrated with glass bangles. Elderly women (widows are not allowed) adorn the pregnant lady with colorful bangles and bless her. Another sad fact about glass bangles is that when a woman loses her husband and becomes a widow her bangles are broken and removed from her hands, by a ritual.

Lac bangles in rituals

Lac bangles are also equally demanded as glass bangles because of their ritualistic relevance. In North India, these bangles are presented to thee bride by the groom's relatives at the time of their marriage. Exquisite bangles studded with semi-precious stones to make intricate patterns are really eye-catching. They are worn during auspicious occasion as a symbol of good omen. It is said that Empress Mumtaz Mahal of Mughal Empire made these bangles popular in those days.

Ivory bangles

Ivory bangles of Rajasthan are famous for their evenly graded sizes so as to cover the arms of the wearer- from the wrist up to the elbow! These ivory bangles are generally embellished in red with a touch of gold.

Shell bangles

The shell bangles made from the conches collected from coastal areas have great religious significances. They are used for professed potency as a charm for married women. Shells are cut, shaped into bangles, polished, smoothened and finished with beautiful designs.

Plastic bangles

Plastic bangles are commonly used since they are durable and elegant. These bangles are simple and cheap and are suitable for kids of all ages. Their bright colors give casual look and match them according to their attire and mood.

Today bangles are available everywhere in the world in a wide range of designs to suit your budget. They add a fresh appeal to sex and have become a modern necessity of fashion.



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