How an Indian bride adorns her hands



Sep 13 2017     By Asha Parvathy


Indian brides like to deck up on their wedding day. There are many traditional ornaments to make her more beautiful. We have many pieces of jewellery to decorate a bride from head to toe. Do you know the types of jewellery a bride could use to adorn her hands?

 

Then read this article, we will introduce you to the traditional ornaments, other than the wedding rings, which you could use to adorn your hands.

 

Bangles or kangans are the most commonly used piece of jewellery. Even in bangles there are many categories and brides from each region use a particular type of bangle according to the traditions and customs of that region. A Malayalee and Kannadiga bride will use gold bangles and the number of bangles will depend on the wealth of her family.

 

 

While the Tamilian and Telugu brides mix glass bangles with the golden ones. The glass bangles come in all colours. Some brides match it with the colour of their wedding saree. Shades like green, red and magenta are preferred by many brides.

 

 

Chooda is another category of bangles worn by a bride. It is a must for the North Indian brides, especially a Punjabi bride. It is a set of 21 red and white bangles, which are gifted to the bride by her maternal uncle. It is worn for at least 45 days even after the wedding. It is believed that these bangles would strengthen the bond between the newlywed husband and wife.

 

 

Another piece of jewellery worn by a bride on her hand is haathphool. It has become a part of the bridal ensemble since the Mughal era. It is an elaborate ornament which includes chains and finger rings. You may get it in any metal, including precious ones like gold and adorned with stones.

 

 

Armlet or bajuband is worn on the upper part of the arm. They are also available in many metals and can be decorated with precious or semi-precious stones.

 

 

The Punjabi brides also use kalire which is tied to their hand. They are the bell-shaped hangings which are tied to the bride's hands by her sister or cousins. It is believed to signify the good wishes and happiness for the newlyweds. Before leaving the house the bride will shake both her hands above the unmarried girls' heads and the person on which any part of kalire falls will be the next bride.

 

 

Other than the usual rings the Indian brides wear a huge mirror embedded ring called arsi. Indian, especially North Indian, brides wear them as their face will be covered with a veil but the arsi will help them catch the reflection of the groom during the wedding ceremony. 

 



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