Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Chudis and kadas/kangan

Chudis and kadas or Thin and thick Bangles/bracelets – are a symbol of Indian-ness worldwide and are worn by girls and married women alike.

The importance of bangles could be gauged from the fact that some communities  even have an elaborate ceremony, where the bride is made to wear the bangles in specified colors by her relatives , before her marriage.

Bridal jewelery is mostly made in precious metals like gold and silver or plated gold, however, these are also commonly found in glass, wood, plastic, ivory etc. Bangles are mostly thin ,measuring about  1/8th of an inch, whereas the kadas or bracelets  are usually thicker, starting from a centimeter wide and going to be as wide as an inch or more.

Wedding  bangles could be adorned with precious and semi precious stones. It is considered inauspicious for a married woman to let her hands be bare and without bangles. Traditionally, a married woman and a bride-to-be used to wear red glass bangles, however, things are changing and now a days, brides mostly wear bangles made of metal.

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