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Interesting Facts, Significance of Indian Glass Bangles : How are Glass Bangles Made!

Updated on August 14, 2017
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Chitrangada loves the richness of Indian art,culture and traditions. As a writer she wants to spread information about India to the readers

Colorful Glass Bangles
Colorful Glass Bangles | Source
Glass Bangles
Glass Bangles | Source

What Are ' Glass Bangles' And Why To Wear Them?

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  • Bangles are decorative, circular shaped wrist ornament, which are made of Gold, Silver, other metals, plastic, wood, beads, glass etc. and women love to wear it as part of Indian tradition.
  • Out of this glass bangles are considered the most auspicious and thus are popularly worn by women.
  • Most women combine gold bangles along with glass bangles.
  • 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, since they are not flexible.
  • Bangles are available in the market in different sizes and girls and women of all age groups wear it.
  • Bangles are worn by married women not only to adorn the hands but because it is considered auspicious.

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.

Wedding bangles
Wedding bangles | Source

Significance of 'Glass Bangles'! Why To Wear Them Even If They Are So Fragile?

♣ The beauty, elegance and sound of 'Glass Bangles' is unmatched and they are available in numerous colors 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 reflects her sensitive heart and love for close ones.

The fragile 'Glass Bangles' are symbolic to stress the fragile characteristics of 'Life' and 'Relationships.'

Therefore we must take proper care of both, just as we care for the glass, so that it does not break.

You can combine the colours of bangles according to your dress
You can combine the colours of bangles according to your dress | Source
Colourful glass bangles
Colourful glass bangles | Source

What are 'Lac Bangles':

  • 'Lac' is also used to make bangles in many parts of India.
  • Each piece of bangle is made with lot of labor and passion for this traditional art of bangle making.
  • Traditional and classic, these bangles are studded with semi precious or precious stones, beads, cut glasses etc.
  • They are made to suit different formal occasions as well as for regular wear. So one can find some gorgeous colored '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 colors among 'Lac bangles' are red, yellow, green, pink, maroon, golden, silver etc.

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Bangle Making: A Traditional Indian Art!

ψ Bangles are not worn today just for its auspicious significance. They are in fact style statements and women do not mind paying more for their special or customized bangles.

ψ And why not----Lot of love, labor, creative thinking and passion is involved in making each piece of bangle.

ψ Most of this traditional art is given shape by hand only. Artisans work on furnace with special tools to make these dream bangles.

ψ Transporting these bangles is a tough job and the bangles are packed with care in individual paper cardboard boxes from factories to the shops.

ψ 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.

ψ 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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Glass bangles on display at a shop
Glass bangles on display at a shop | Source

Making of 'Lac Bangles', source: You tube

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      Chitrangada Sharan 5 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks Audrey for revisiting this article and appreciating it!

      I am always pleased to hear from you .

      It's great that you enjoy wearing bangles. The slightly thick ones go well with jeans and t-shirt. You can choose the colours according to your outfit. My daughter wears them with her Tshirt and jeans.

      Thanks again and a very pleasant day to you!

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      Audrey Hunt 5 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm making the rounds again on this hub - it's one of my favorites. You've shared so much good information about bangles.

      These ornaments dress-up any style we choose to wear. I love adding bangles to my t-shirt and jeans attire. It may sound crazy but adding a bangle or two seems to give me a 'lift'.

      The video about how bangles are made is so interesting. Thank you!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 21 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Cynthia, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      Yes, Glass bangles are fragile but it is the Indian tradition to wear it, therefore women happily get into the habit of wearing it and also do their daily activities without even realising that they are wearing it.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and I am glad you liked it.

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      Cynthia B Turner 21 months ago from Georgia

      I love the look and sound of bangles. I didn't realize just how fragile the glass bangles are, however. I learned the hard way after a few of the broke. Even jut wearing them in the house was not the answer, neither was wearing them only when I'm writing. So, I have stopped wearing the glass bangles and just hang them from my lamp in my office to lighten my mood and spark creativity because they are so pretty. Thanks for enlightening me on their cultural significance and the craft of making them.

      Take care.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Peg Cole, for reading and commenting on this hub!

      I am pleased to read your appreciative and valuable comments! I agree with you that many precious art and craft is diminishing in many countries. People want quick money and as such prefer such professions which can earn them the same. There is a need to encourage, protect and preserve these skills. The Government of India is doing quite a lot on its own level but everyone has a responsibility with regard to this.

      Thank you for mentioning your father here. Have a great day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 22 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Dirt Farmer, for your kind visit and positive comments!

      I am glad you enjoyed going through this hub and got some idea of the Indian culture and tradition.

      Have a good day!

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      Peg Cole 22 months ago from Dallas, Texas

      Fascinating craft here and I truly enjoyed watching the video on how these are bangles made. Artisans are diminishing in numbers in many industries. These skills need to be preserved and passed to new generations. My Dad passed along the craft of being a locksmith.

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      Jill Spencer 22 months ago from United States

      An interesting, beautiful hub about glass bangles that really gives insight into your culture and traditions. Very pleasant to read!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you peachpurple, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad that you liked the hub and you like the Indian bangles.

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i find indian bangles are colorful and the ringing sound is unique

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Bobbi Purvis, for your kind visit and appreciation of the hub!

      Glad you liked this information. Many thanks for pinning it and sharing it on G+ and twitter.

      Have a good day!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      What a great hub--informative and the really beautiful. I hope all is great in your world.

      I am sharing this with twitter, pin it on my re-pin board and share with G+.

      Have a great day.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you k-swarup, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked this small effort.

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      k-swarup 2 years ago

      Great hub Chitrangada!! Thanks for sharing our beautiful culture with the world! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you aviannovice, for appreciating the hub!

      Wish you a very happy and successful new year!

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Thanks for more information on your culture. I do so enjoy learning about it.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Prasetio, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked the information about bangles. Thanks for voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you AudreyHowitt, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Audrey Hunt, for reading and appreciating!

      I am pleased to know that you liked this hub. Besides leading to positive thoughts and energy, wearing gold, silver and glass bangles has many health benefits too.

      Many thanks for sharing, pinning and voting up!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and comments!

      You are right that glass bangles need lot of care. I do love wearing both glass and lac bangles. It is customary too as you must be aware.

      Glad you liked this hub!

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      prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Interesting fact about Indian Bangles. I thought it was just a jewelry. I really enjoy the pictures as well. Thanks for writing and sharing with us. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      These are so beautiful! Just gorgeous!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      After reading this amazing hub on Indian Bangles, I see that I should wear gold and silver as well as glass. This is the most interesting hub Chitrangada. Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and pinning on my pinterest board as well as sharing.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Great information about bangles, I used to wear glass bangles before but I stopped because they easily break off. I love Lac bangles they are really beautiful.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Venkatachariji, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked the hub. Many thanks for your votes!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Faith Reaper, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad to learn that you love wearing bangles. They have to be any women's favorite in any part of the World. Makes you feel so feminine and elegant! But as mentioned in the hub, there are strong reasons to wear it.

      Thanks for your votes, tweet and pin! Have a blessed day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you MHiggins, for your kind visit and comments!

      Glad you liked this part of Indian culture.

      Thanks and have a good day!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you billybuc, for your kind visit and comments!

      Your continued support is much appreciated. Glad you liked the hub!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Susan Recipes, for your kind visit and comments!

      I am glad you liked this hub. Glass bangles are my favorite too, much more than gold or silver.

      Many thanks for your votes!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thank you Devika, for your kind visit and appreciation!

      Glad you liked it and your continued support is much appreciated!

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      Venkatachari M 2 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Very interesting and useful facts about bangles. You have put out everything in clear to the reader with good images and videos.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, I love bangles, as they are so much fun to wear and truly beautiful. I never knew the history nor significance of bangles. I learned a lot through this wonderful hub.

      Up ++++ tweeting and pinning

      Blessings

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      Michael Higgins 2 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you for sharing the great facts and the culture! I really like learning about culture from around the world. Great article!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Those were interesting facts for sure. Thank you for the education...they really are beautiful.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      I have a huge collection of bangles and most of them are glass bangles. I simply love this ornament. Thanks for sharing so much about bangles. Voted up.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      My favorite! I like these bangles and would love to buy more. I like the photos and such beauty indeed.