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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Indian Art and Craft : Jingle Jangle - 28

Guys, it is the last post on Indian Art and Craft. As I am on the path of expressing our Indian History to world's young generation and expecting that they come India and feel my India's fragrances.

Bangles, have over the centuries acquired a cultural, social and religious significance. This adornment was a purely decorative accessory until the medieval period. Around this time, the bangle was transformed from a mere decoration to a symbolically associated with widows who have been denied the right to wear bangles.

In Bengal, the iron kada (bangle) commonly termed loha is worn by the married women as a symbol of her marriage. The bride is also given a beautifully crafted white conch bangle and a red lac bangle.

Ivory bangles, like the glass ones, are an important item for brides of some communities. A bride from Punjab is traditionally given slender ivory choodas (bangles) in white and red. These bangles are given only in multiples of four. Over the years, the expensive ivory has been replaced by lac and plastic but the custom continues.

When the Gujarati bride conceives, her sister-in-law gifts her a silver chain bracelet. In the seventh month she is also asked to wear a bracelet made of black thread and five kowdis (a kind of shell). This bracelet is united only when the woman goes into labour pains to symbolically help in an easy delivery. A similar ceremony called Valaikapu, is practiced in south India.

The profession of glass bangle making and selling is mostly dominated by Muslims. Ferozabad, a town in Uttar Pradesh, is renowned for its glass bangle manufacturing.

In each region, bangles are made using the materials available locally, like wood in Kashmir and lac in Rajashtan.

The Ahirs of Rajasthan and Rabaris of Gujarat cover their entire hand with bangles made of bone. The Lambadis of Andhra Pradesh wear the graded bone bangles up to their elbows. The Bastar tribe of Madhya Pradesh wears bangles made of coconut shell. The Gonds and Bhils wear bangles made out of brass or beads. The Kashmiris have the most exquisitely painted papier-mache bangles.

Guys here I am giving the links to know the India Tourism Domestic and Overseas offices for your ready reference. (Phone Nos. are subject to change)

01. India Tourism Domestic Offices
02. India Tourism Overseas Offices

01. Indian Art and Craft : The Living Age - 1
02. Indian Art and Craft : The painting history of India - 2
03. Indian Art and Craft : India the home of Painting - 3
04. Indian Art and Craft : Ajanta Paintings - 4
05. Indian Art and Craft : Floor Designs and Madhubani Paintings - 5
06. Indian Art and Craft : Art of body painting - 6
07. Indian Art and Craft : Shekhavati - India's Open Air Art Gallery - 7
08. Indian Art and Craft : Contemporary Painting - 8
09. Indian Art and Craft : Crafts Traditions- 9
10. Indian Art and Craft : Metal Work - 10
11. Indian Art and Craft : Metal Work and Engraving - 11
12. Indian Art and Craft : Sculpture - The Essence of Art - 12
13. Indian Art and Craft : Jewellery Styles - Meenakshi and Kunda - 13
14. Indian Art and Craft : Nagaland, Assam, TamilNadu Jewellery - 14
15. Indian Art and Craft : Carpets and Textiles of India (Indian History of Carpets) - 15
16. Indian Art and Craft : Carpets from Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan - 16
17. Indian Art & Craft : Sarees and Fabrics - 17
18. Indian Art & Craft : Sarees and Fabrics from various states - 18
19. Indian Art & Craft : Sarees from other states - 19
20. Indian Art and Craft : Kanjeevarm, Gharchola, Katwa, Sujini and Kantha Sarees - 20
21. Indian Art and Craft : Wood Work - 21
22. Indian Art and Craft : Wood Work form various states of India - 22
23. Indian Art and Craft : Stone Carvings - 23
24. Indian Art and Craft : Terracotta - 24
25. Indian Art and Craft : More Terracotta - 25
26. Indian Art and Craft : Pottery Style In Use - 26
27. Indian Art and Craft : Cane and Bamboo - 27
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