Interesting Facts, Significance, and Making of Indian Glass Bangles
What are 'Glass Bangles' and why to wear them?
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- Glass bangles are decorative, circular shaped wrist ornament that are made of Gold, Silver, other metals, plastic, wood, beads, glass, and other such materials.
- Women of all age groups love to wear them as part of Indian tradition.
- Out of all the beautiful varieties , glass bangles are considered to be the most auspicious. They are most popular among young girls and married women.
- Most women combine gold bangles along with glass bangles to adorn their wrists.
- In some parts of India such as Bengal and Orissa, Seashell bangles are worn by married women along with a red bangle.
- While in South India, gold bangles are worn more prominently.
- Bangles are different from bracelets.
- Bangles are available in the market in exclusive bangle shops.
- Bangles are worn by married women to adorn theit hands. It's an age old belief that wearing glass bangles brings good fortune to the husband and family.
Glass Bangles are fragile and thus have to be 'handled with care'.
This symbolizes 'Life' and 'Relationships', which are to be 'handled with care' in the same way.
Significance of Glass Bangles. Why do women wear them even if they are so fragile?
- The beauty, elegance, and sound of Glass Bangles is unmatched and they are available in numerous colours to match the Saree or Anarkalis or other Indian dresses.
- The thinner the bangles, the more melodious sound it produces, when women wear it.
- The sound produced by the glass bangles, when worn by the woman in a home, keeps the negative energy away and brings positive energy all around.
- According to Ayurveda, gold, and silver provide energy to the body especially bones. When women wear bangles made by these, they have a positive impact on the women's wrist bones, which become weaker as she ages.
- Glass Bangles add to a women's personality and this also reflects her sensitive heart and love for close ones.
- The fragile Glass Bangles are symbolic. They signify the fragile characteristics of 'Life' and 'Relationships. Therefore, one must take proper care of both, just as glass.
What are Lac Bangles :
- 'Lac' is also used to make bangles in many parts of India. Each piece of bangle is the result of hard work and lot of passion for this traditional art of bangle making.
- Traditional and classic, these bangles are studded with semi precious or precious stones, beads, cut glasses and other such decorative materials.
- They are made to suit different formal occasions as well as for regular wear. One can find some gorgeous coloured 'Lac bangles' studded with precious stones for wedding or special occasions.
- Lac bangles are considered auspicious in many parts of India. They are believed to be a sign of good omen and are worn by married women on all auspicious occasions.
- Most popular colours among 'Lac bangles' are red, yellow, green, pink, maroon, golden, silver etc.
Bangle Making: A Traditional Indian Art!
- Bangles are worn by women for their auspicious significance. They are in fact style statements and women love paying more for their special or customized bangles.
- And why not----Lot of love, labour, creative thinking and passion is involved in making each piece of bangle.
- Most of this traditional art is given shape by handS only. Artisans work on furnace with special tools to make these dream bangles.
- Transporting these bangles is a tough job and the bangles are packed with care in individual paper cardboard boxes from factories to the shops.
- According to Indian culture and traditions, Bangles are not worn just as decorative ornaments but they are a symbol of marriage, just as the wedding ring in the Western countries.
- They are believed to bring good fortune and sound health for the husband. They are believed to fill the married life with love and affection.
Enjoy the video about how bangles are made!
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Your favourite wrist ornament--
Making of 'Lac Bangles', source: You tube
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