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The rich heritage of bangles in India

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ike special blessings, behest by your side! Yes, bangles come with a special dazzle like no other! A staple of Indian jewellery, no look is complete without bangles.

Ever wondered how they came into being? Or what is so special about them that every Indian woman, both married and unmarried chooses to adorn these?

From traditional heavy gold bangles, to lighter pieces for everyday wear, here are some of the reasons behind the impeccable rise of the bangle in India:

Historical significance: Jewellery didn’t always come endowed in gold or other precious metals.

Ruins from Mohenjo-Daro excavations show that bangles were even made of copper, shell and terracotta.

They were originally painted with black or red designs and were worn both by men and women. Over the years, it was believed that the use of bangles helps increase the blood circulation.

The irreplaceable ‘choodiyan’ of Bollywood: Romance fills the air when it comes to Bollywood! And what better way to celebrate love than to depict it through the tinkle of the bangle?

Making an entry with songs such as ‘Lelo churiyaan neeli-peeli laal-hari aasmaani’ (Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thhi) celebrating a woman’s love for coloured glass bangles and ‘Jaanu jaanu ri kaahe khanke hai tora kangna’ (Insaan Jaag Utha) which celebrate bangles with ghungroo adornments attached.

A more recent reference includes ‘Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan Ve’ where the protagonist is straightforward in asking for a range of jewellery not forgetting bangles.

The list of popular numbers is endless ranging from Falguni Pathak’s Chudi khankayi re to Salman Khan serenading to the tunes of Bindiya Chamke and Chudi Khankayi Re, and Choodi Khanke with Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla. In a country where a large population lives Bollywood, bangles are a direct reflection on the sense of fashion.

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