indian weddings

Armlet

Armlet

Armlet:

An Ornamental Bracelet worn on the Upper Arm of the Bride.

Also Called

Bajuband in Hindi, Vanki in Tamil.

When is it used?

Generally worn by brides as part of their Solah Shringar. Else, it could also be sported with Western Wear for a Funky Look.

Worn on the Upper Arm and forms part of the Solah Shringar of the Bride. Used on festive occasions such as weddings and family functions.

Also, used by Classical dancers to complete their look, for instance the Bharat Natyam & Kathak Dancers.

What are they made from?

Could be made of Silver or Gold and encrusted with precious gems.

They are available as a string of Pearls or other stones and can be tied around the arm.

armlet

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South Indian Brides generally adorn the Gold Vankis for their Wedding Ceremonies.

Where would you find them?

Usually available in Jewelry shops or Fancy Stores.

Trivia

As is the case with the rest of the Solah Shringar, the usage of this ornament dates back to pre-historic times with references in the sacred scripts. It used to be worn by both Men & Women in Asian Countries.

Used even in the army in the form of a cloth or a Badge that is tied to the upper-arm, it carries the army camp’s symbol or the ranking of the official.

Very often, Armlets are given away in Temples, believed to ward off ill-luck or provide protection.

Hathphool

Hathphool

Hathphool:

Hathphool or literally translated flowers of the hand, is worn on the back of the palm worn by Brides as part of the Solah Shringar.

It consists of a string/chain with a ring to the center finger, that is joined to a bracelet around the wrist.

HaathPhool

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Sometimes, there could be up to four such strings with rings on the fingers that join the bracelet. It would like a Spider’s web.

hathphool

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When is it used?

Generally worn by brides as part of their Solah Shringar. Worn on hennaed hands by the bride to complete her look for D-day. Else, it could also be sported with Western Wear for a Funky Look. It could be combined with a Ring for the Thumb called the Arsi.

What are they made from?

The simpler ones are made from Gold or Silver. The ornate ones with Kundan/Polki are favored by most Brides.

Where would you find them?

Usually available in Jewellery shops or Fancy Stores.

Trivia

  • As is the case with the rest of the Solah Shringar, the usage of this ornament dates back to pre-historic times.
  • The Hathphool enhances the beauty of the hennaed hands.
  • Along with the Arsi, the rings and the bangles, it draws everyone’s attention.
  • The Hathphool design could also be drawn on tha back of the palm in a Mehendi design.
  • Commonly spotted on Models walking the ramp, teamed with the Nosering to add ‘Oomph’ to their Look.
Necklace

Necklace

Necklace:

Necklace/Haar/Aaram/Mala/Malai is integral part of the entire jewellery set worn by the bride on her wedding.

Also Called

Haar in Hindi, Aaram in Tamil, Mala in Telugu

When is it used?

Worn by young girls and women of all ages for any festive occasion. Adorned around the neck, it is the most talked about piece of jewellery at a wedding.

necklace

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What are they made from?

Depending on the region and the community the bride belongs to, it could be a Gold (South) or Kundan/Polki/Diamond (North) one.  There are beautiful imitation ones also being used by several brides.

necklace

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Where would you find them?

Usually available in Jewellery stores or Fancy Stores.

Trivia

  • There isn’t any record as to when women began using necklaces.
  • There are of course references in our ancient scriptures.
  • A bride could wear several layers of necklaces on her big day.
  • The Mangalsutra or the Thaali although worn around the neck during the wedding does not constitute part of the Solah Shringar.
  • Heavy Kundan ones could be teamed with Western Wear for a Chic Look.
  • Men too indulge in neck pieces to complement their Outfits.