Resplendence of traditional gold jewellery from Kerala

Jewellery 17 Aug 2018

Keralite Women in Traditional Gold Jewellery

Keralites’ unrivalled love for gold needs no introduction. Be it religious ceremonies, festivals, or weddings; gold jewellery is an integral part of almost every special occasion.

Also known as ‘God’s own country’, Kerala boasts of some stunning traditional gold jewellery designs that display extraordinary craftsmanship. And many of the latest gold jewellery designs give a refreshing new look to those traditional styles.

Let’s take a look at some classic gold jewellery designs from Kerala:

  • Kaasumala

    ‘Kaasu’ means money and ‘mala’ means necklace. Popular among Hindu women in Kerala, kaasumala consists of gold coins joined to form a neckpiece. The coins are engraved with a likeness of Goddess Lakshmi. In Hindu tradition, Lakshmi is believed to be the symbol of wealth and prosperity.

    Kaasumala – Traditional Gold Coin Necklace
    Kaasumala – Traditional Gold Coin Necklace
    Kaasumala – Traditional Gold Coin Necklace
  • Karimani mala

    Similar to a north Indian mangalsutra, karimani mala is made up of black and gold beads and is worn by married women.

    Karimani Mala - Gold Mangalsutra Design
    Karimani Mala - Gold Mangalsutra Design
    Courtesy: CS Jewellers
    Related:What makes Kerala a Gold Lover's delight
  • Mullamottu mala

    Mullamottu mala or ‘jasmine-bud necklace’ is another important jewellery item in a Kerala bride’s attire. It consists of a number of jasmine buds made from gold strung together. It may also include beautiful meenakari work.

    Mullamottu Mala - Gold Necklace Design
    Mullamottu Mala - Gold Necklace Design
    Courtesy: Malabar gold
  • Manga mala

    Another popular gold jewellery item among brides in Kerala, manga mala is a gold necklace made up of paisley-shaped motifs.

    Manga Mala - Traditional Mango Design Gold Jewellery
    Courtesy: SVTM Jewels
    Manga Mala - Traditional Mango Design Gold Jewellery
    Courtesy: Annaii Jewellers
  • Pathakam

    Made entirely of gold, pathakam is a necklace with a huge, round moon-shaped pendant. It is available in many designs – vaira minni, chandra minni, Shakunthala, Menaka, etc. Pathakam usually forms the first layer in a Keralite woman’s bridal jewellery.

    Pathakam - Moon Shaped Gold Jewellery Design
  • Kolusu

    Commonly called an anklet, kolusu is a gold ornament worn by Keralite women on their ankles. It is worn on all special occasions and festivals.

    Gold Kolusu Jewellery Design
    Courtesy: Malabar Gold
    Gold Kolusu Jewellery Design
    Courtesy: Malabar Gold
  • Jimikki

    A gold-plated ornament with small dangling bells, the jimikki is a style of earring that’s very popular among Keralite brides.

    Jimmiki - Traditional Gold Earning Designs
    Jimmiki - Traditional Gold Earning Designs
  • Poothali

    An intricately carved necklace inspired by nature, poothali consists of flower- and leaf-shaped charms made of gold.

    Traditional Poothali Designs
    Traditional Poothali Designs
  • Ashtalakshmi vala

    Made of gold, these bangles signify the eight incarnations of Goddess Lakshmi. Ashtalakshmi vala is believed to bring health and prosperity to the wearer.

    Ashtalakshmi Vala - Gold Bangle Designs
    Ashtalakshmi Vala - Gold Bangle Designs
    Courtesy: Kollam Supreme Online

Not only does the gold jewellery of Kerala exhibit great artistic skill, it is also a reflection of the state’s vibrant and illustrious cultural heritage.

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