Interesting Facts, Significance, and Making of Indian Glass Bangles
What are Glass Bangles and why do Indian women wear them?
Glass bangles are colourful, beautiful, decorative, circular shaped, wrist ornament and an inseparable part of Indian culture and tradition. These 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 the Indian culture and tradition. They are one of the most important item, worn by married women, as part of their Solah Shringar or sixteen decorations. They are considered mandatory for married women, in fact a part of their identity and feminity.
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. The Indian women generally prefer to combine gold bangles, along with glass bangles to adorn their wrists.
In some parts of India, such as West 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 may be called differently in different regions of India, but the sentiments behind wearing them, remains the same.
Bangles are significantly different from bracelets. They are one circular piece, unlike bracelets, which have a cut or a joint in between.
Bangles are available in the market in exclusive bangle shops. They are available in different sizes to suit individual requirements. To buy and wear the correct size is important. If someone doesn’t know about their size, it can be measured by the measuring tape.
Bangles are worn by married women to adorn their hands. It's an age old belief that wearing glass bangles, brings good fortune to the husband and the family in general.
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.
How bangles are made, Source: YouTube
Significance of Glass Bangles. Why do women wear them even if they are so fragile?
The beauty, elegance, and sound of the Glass Bangles is unmatched, and they are available in numerous colours and sizes, to match the Sarees 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 they are 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 the 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 a sticky substance, produced by certain insects. Lac is also used to make bangles in many parts of India. Lac bangles are one of the oldest and are considered most auspicious for weddings and festivals.
Each piece of bangle is the result of hard work, and lot of passion can be seen, for this traditional art of bangle making. Among the many creative ways to decorate the Lac bangles, bead work, cut glasses decorations, embroidery work, oil painting are worth mentioning.
Traditional and classic, these bangles are studded with semi precious or precious stones 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. They are highly priced, compared to other glass bangles, but people don’t mind paying for them, for their sheer elegance, beauty and auspicious significance.
Most popular colours among 'Lac bangles' are red, yellow, green, pink, maroon, golden, silver etc.
Different colours have different significance. While red colour is worn for ener and prosperity, green is considered auspicious for fertility and new life. Yellow is considered good for happiness, orange colour is good for success. Gold is important for prosperity and good luck and silver for strength and peace of mind.
Making of 'Lac Bangles', source: You tube
Bangle Making: A Traditional Indian Art
- Bangles are worn by women, all over India, 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 the Indian culture and traditions, Bangles are not worn just as decorative ornaments, but they are a symbol of marriage, just as the wedding ring is, in the Western countries.
- They are believed to bring good fortune and sound health for the husband and the entire family. They are believed to fill the married life with peace, prosperity, love and affection.
- Hyderabad, in South India and Firozabad, in North India are the largest producers of bangles. Laad Bazar of Hyderabad is World famous market for bangles.
Enjoy the video about how bangles are made!
Laad Bazaar, The World famous bangles market at Hyderabad, Source: YouTube
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