Significance of traditional gold jewellery in West Bengal

Jewellery 17 Aug 2018

Women Wearing Traditional Bengali Gold Jewellery

Gold holds tremendous importance in Bengali traditions and the practice of wearing gold jewellery on special occasions – including weddings, religious ceremonies, and important festivals such as Durga Puja and Kali Puja – dates back centuries.

Let’s take a look at some traditional Bengali gold jewellery designs that are popular even today:

  • Tikli

    An intricately carved gold ornament for the forehead, tikli resembles a maang tikka and is worn by every traditional Bengali bride.

    Gold Maang Tikka worn by Bengali Bride
    Gold Maang Tikka worn by Bengali Bride
  • Chik

    More commonly known as a choker, chik is a tight-fitting elaborate gold necklace worn by every Bengali bride. It is also worn by Bengali women on special occasions such as Durga Puja.

    Traditional Gold Choker Worn by Bengali Bride
    Courtesy : JKS Jewels
    Traditional Gold Choker Worn by Bengali Bride
  • Kaan

    The word ‘kaan’ translates to ‘ear’. Kaan is a type of earring worn by Bengali women and is shaped like a human ear. Also known as ‘kaan bala’, these are made of thin layers of gold.

    Kaan Bala - Traditional Bengali Gold Earings
    Courtesy : Malabar gold
    Kaan Bala - Traditional Bengali Gold Earings
    Courtesy : DK Basak Jewellers
  • Chur

    A broad bracelet that usually comes in pairs, chur is made of gold. It is claimed that 40-50 grams of gold is used to make one pair.

    Chur - Traditional Bengali Gold Bracelets
    Courtesy : Sujoy jewellers
    Chur - Traditional Bengali Gold Bracelets
    Chur - Traditional Bengali Gold Bracelets
    Courtesy : Senco gold
  • Ratanchur

    Introduced to India by the Mughals, ratanchur is a delicate piece of jewellery for the hand. It consists of a gold ring attached to a centrepiece, which dangles around the back of the wearer’s hands and finally to an armlet or bracelet.

    Ratanchur - Gold Haath Phool Jewellery
    Courtesy : Senco gold
    Ratanchur - Gold Haath Phool Jewellery
  • Bauti

    A half-cut bangle ideal for everyday use, bauti is made of gold and is a favourite of married women.

    Traditional Bengali Gold Bauti Designs
    Traditional Bengali Gold Bauti Designs
    Courtesy : Senco gold
  • Beloyari churi

    This is a type of gold bangle made from a special cut design known as ‘beloyari’ and hence the bangles are called beloyari churi.

    Beloyari Churi - Traditional Bengal Gold Bangles
    Beloyari Churi - Traditional Bengal Gold Bangles
    Courtesy : Senco gold
  • Shona badhano shakha pola

    Commonly seen in Bengali weddings, these are bangles made of conch shells and gold.

    Bengali Gold Jewellery - Shona Badhano Shakha Pola
    Bengali Gold Jewellery - Shona Badhano Shakha Pola
    Courtesy : Senco gold
  • Bokul mala

    The design of this particular gold chain is inspired by a flower called ‘bokul’. Bengali married women wear bokul mala on an everyday basis.

    Bokul Mala - Bengali Gold Chain Designs
  • Gaala bhora bala

    This is a gold bangle filled with wax to increase its strength and durability. It is another daily wear ornament loved by Bengali women.

    Gala Bhora Bala - Bengali Gold Bangle Design

Gold jewellery of West Bengal is a reflection of the state’s magnificent cultural heritage. Therefore, it has a huge role to play in most Bengali traditional functions.

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