Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Indian Bridal / Wedding Thirumanglyam / Mangalsutra

Thirumanglyam / Mangalsutra

The sacred neck ornament is called by different names like Thaali, Mangalyam, Minnu, Dehjoor, etc. in different parts of the country. Mangal’ meaning holy and ‘Sutra’ meaning thread, Mangalsutra literally stands for a holy thread.

Before the 10th or 11th century women wore a kungumam on their forehead and men wore rings on the toe.

In the 11th century, the poet Katchiyappa Sivachariar mentioned thaali for the first time in his book Kanthapuram. Later, in 12th-century poetry, Seikizhar and Kamban mentioned about thirumangalyam in the historical book Periyapuranam. Since then, the thaali ceremony was believed to have come into practice

Thirumangalyam’ in South India, it is known as the Mangalsutra in the North. It is usually a necklace with black beads strung from a black or yellow thread prepared with turmeric.
Gold marriage pendant from South India, called “Thali”, worn by women in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This kind of pendants are not massive, they usually have a lac core. The thaali includes gold coins, gold roundels, corals, and bottu. They may also include motifs like the moon, sun, Shiva lingam, Goddess Meenakshi, Thulasi, etc. as part of the design

The followers of Shiva have 3 horizontal lines and the followers of Vishnu have 3 vertical lines in their thali design.  However, the introduction of the caste system divided the design for the thali in Southern India

The gold represents Goddess Parvati and the black beads which hold the gold symbolises Lord Shiva. As gold is a symbol of prosperity and well-being, a women wearing a mangalsutra is believed to bring happiness and prosperity to the family

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Temple Jewellery - Uqniue South Indian Ornaments

Temple jewellery

What is Temple jewellery ?

Jewelry was used to decorate the idols and Gods and Goddesses in temples of South India is called Temple Jewellery. The sculptures, illustrations and carvings at the temples are extremely intricate, and make for gorgeous additions to these pieces.
Beautiful motifs like peacock, swan, deer, lotus, jasmine, mango, banana designs replicated from temple pillars are also replicated on the jewellery. 
These ornaments are made with gold, silver, brass and adorned with precious and semi precious stones are used in both cut and uncut form.
Origin of Temple jewellery -

Temple jewellery is said to have originated in the 9th century during Chola, Pandya and the Krishnadeva Raya era. The kinds would donate Gold, silver and precious stones for making jewellery for the God and Goddess. Gradually royals and nobles started using some of these designs on their jewellery.
South Indian classical dancers started wearing temple jewellery for their performances. Slowly temple jewellery started adorning the wardrobe of south Indian brides.

Nowadays modern designs are infused in the Temple jewellery.  Even styles suitable for western attires are made.
How Temple Jewellery is made -

Each piece of the jewellery was painstakingly crafted and polished by hand. It will take several months to complete a full set. However due to advent of modern techniques certain aspects are take care by machine. This significantly reduces the time taken to finish the jewellery.

When to wear Temple jewellery -
Temple jewelry which is worn during dance performances by classical dancers of Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam style dancing.  Kempu stone jewellery with unique designs are part of all classical South Indian dancers.
Goddess Lakshmi symbolizes wealth and prosperity. These ornaments present the Goddess Lamkshmi and is used on special occasions. Temple Jewellery has become part of a South Indian bride's wedding day look.



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Monday, November 25, 2019

Traditional Side Pendant Chain Kodi Mugappu

Side pendants/ Mugappu / Kodi Moppu - Ethnic Indian Jewellery

It was believed in ancient India that flawless pearls prevented misfortune and were therefore favorites with kings. South India has been famous for its pearls, and pearl necklaces with elaborate pendants and mugappu were seen in plenty in the medieval courts of Vijayanagar and Thanjavur.

 Sometimes the pendants or side pendants enclosed a scroll of sacred words worn as an amulet to ward off evil. Figures of the family deity were often engraved in gold and encrusted with stones in the pendant.

Innumerable designs are now available in the market with pendants , side pendants, mugappu studded with rubies, sapphires, pearls etc. Peacock design, Floral designs are the most popular. The chain length has also been altered to suit the modern outfits. Many prefer a short-length chain that rests on the collarbone and the mugappu at the base of the bone. This style works well with western clothing and is fashionable.

South Indian women have a great relationship with gold chains. The ladies in south India are attracted towards Mugappu attached chains. This Mugappu is seen on the side of the chain, and it comes in various designs. The most famous design is peacock and floral pattern. The Mugappu is highlighted by ruby and American diamond stones or a simple circle design with Kemp stones studded on it.


 Many varieties of Thaali Mugappu designs for the Indian bride is available 


Modern women who juggle family and career often find it difficult to wear heavy pieces of jewellery that can cause distress and inconvenience during travel and long working hours.
The traditional gold vatis have been replaced with simpler pendants in attractive designs. 

Rettai pattai kodi mugappu – Double chain facet pendant. Conventional South Indian design chains

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