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

Traditional design Mugappu for sale at Vadaamalar online - Mugappu designs click here
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Flowers MakeUp for Bharathnatiyam and Kuchipudi dancers

Bharathnatiyam and Kuchipudi has different styles of flower arrangement in the hair-do. The basic hair style is the same. Hair neatly plaited in conventional way is often beautified with flowers. The design of the ring and arrangement of the flowers slightly vary.

Fresh flowers used to adorn the dances hair. Now days cloth or paper flowers are used often to give the look. They are also weightless and more suitable to young kids.
1. Make a centre parting to your hair and gathering all the hair together; tie them as a single bun with a black cotton string.

2. Add fake hair, braid into a long plait, and end it with three black cotton balls or Kunjalam. Or use braided fake hair with jewellery.

3. Taking the plaited hair extensions by the string tie it securely around the ring. You can go    around several times to ensure a tight grip.

4.A bun or rakodi ring is pinned on the top of the head. The doughnut bun or ring is covered with flowers.  Both the flowers and bun are held tightly with black thread.

5. Attach the other end to the hair using a hair pin. The Ganja should feel tight and stay in place. Use extra pins wherever required.

6.At the end of the braid the Kunjalam which is decorative jewellery

Bharathnatiyam and Kuchipudi dances use white flowers to resemble jasmine and orange flowers to resemble kanakambram. Both these flowers are native to South India.
White and Orange flowers specially for dance

Sun Moon - Empower your performance by adorning your head with jewellery that represent the sun and the moon, known in Tamil as Chandra Parah and Surya Parah. Wear these. two flat round pieces, studded with gemstones and pearls. on either side of the centre parting of the hair.

White, Orange and sometimes green veni flowers are used in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dance made of polyester or stain cloth.Fine cut and good finish jasmine design paper flowers are some times to give a neat appearance.

The following products are required for a basic hair do

Hair Extension (to tie a long plait with)
        Braided False hair with jewellery
        False hair with three parts 
Full doughnut bun and half bun
        Doughnut bun ring
Kunjalam  / End of braid jewellery
        Kunajalam of hair Pranda
Rubber Bands
        Black rubber bands
Hair Pins and Braid pins
        Different Pins for hair 
Real or fake Gajra (string of flowers, usually white)
        Paper and Cloth Veni Flowers
Black String
        Black Cotton thread in meters 
Gold hair pranda     Kemp Kunjalam 

Hair pins for Kuchipudi dancesBlack thread for Bharathnatiyam makeup

Bharatanatyam Kuchipudi braided haid False hair for Kuchipudi and Bharathanatiyam