Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Indian Wedding Bridal Waist Belt (Oddiyanam, Kamar Patta, Vadanam)

Traditional Indian waist belt / hip chain

Beautiful designs from Vadaamalar

        Oddiyanam is a cultural Indian jewellery worn by women, while attending several occasions.
Whether it is simple or fancy, it can look very elegant, as it can come in numerous different styles and shapes. It is used for weddings, special occasions, family gatherings.

An Indian Bride is incomplete without a beautiful wasit belt / Oddiyanam

Oddiyanam  / Vadaanam is used in many traditional dances- such as Kathak, Barthanatiyam, Mohiniyattam, Odissi and Kuchipudi. Kempu stones are popular with Barthanatiyam and Kuchipudi dancers. White metal hip chains are prefered by Kathak dancers. Gold colour hip belts are used by Mohiniyattam dancers.

Some women wear it because it looks appealing, although its main purpose is to tighten the sari.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Hair Accessories design - India

 Hair Accessories design - India

Wearing jewellery in India is a day to day activity like bathing or wearing cloth. You can walk on the streets wearing heavy ornaments and people will hardly stare at you. The culture dates back to more than 5,000 years ago. 

Designs have evolved and perfected over the centuries. Ornaments in the shape of a common fruit , flower or even spices are beautiful examples. From the Maharajas to the common folks they are still available in a wide range of budgets

The Mughals explored style and design using precious stones and intricate carvings. They brought in the technical knowledge required for gem-setting, which is apparent even today.

The Rajputs, on the other hand, had their enameled jewellery patterns. The British loved their intricate flower motifs, bringing in the modern world discovery in design. Such cross-cultural contributions and inspirations are the reason why Indian jewellery is so exclusive.

Hair accessories or jewellery, for bridal decorations , or for the bridesmaid, festivals, special occasions or possibly with indo-western are catching on today.

Most popular Indian hair accessories

Thalaisaamaan / Matha Patti - This traditional headpiece comprises of three ornaments- one is worn on the middle parting whereas the other two are worn on both sides of the head. In Bharatnatyam dance the Thalai samman will come with two little clips – surya and half-chandra, they are so popular even now.

Chutti/ Tikka - Big, statement tikkas which dominate the face have become a rage on the ramp, and weddings 


Jewelled chains

Billai / jewelled hair pins

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Baju Band - Upper Arm Jewellery

Armlet / Baju Band / Vanki - Hand Ornament

Baju band also know as Vanki or Armlet is an ornament worn on the upper arm. With a short sleeves wearing a baju band brings out the beauty of the arm and hand. Bahichudi or Bajuband ornament is elegantly worn around the biceps by Indian women's.

This traditional ornament was worn by royals and adorned the arms of Gods. The armlet bands are worn in gold, silver or studded with precious and semi-precious stones. It was believed that The arm ring help blood circulation in your arms and create right amount of resistance to makes arm comfortable.

Also known as angada vanki jewellery are in still vogue today specially for bridal decorations and occasions wear. It goes well with sarees, lehengas, traditional skirts. Ethnic pendants and lockets can be converted into a beautiful armband ornament.

Goddess Lakshmi design, peacock, parrots, flowers and other Indian motifs are normally used in the design of a Baju band. The Vanki can be worn or both arms or only the right arm, depending on the costume worn. Kagam baju band is worn to give elegance to the hand and show the prosperity of the bride.