Uttarakhand traditional jewellery – The charm of pahari women
Be it the grand tehri nath, the solid pahunchi or the magnificent chandan haar; gold jewellery in Uttarakhand is quite bold. Apart from being a quintessential part of a Pahari woman’s attire, it is a reflection of the state’s glorious cultural heritage.
Here’s a look at some traditional gold jewellery designs from Uttarakhand:
An ornament for the nose, bulaq is made of gold and is known for the intricately crafted motifs on it. Traditionally worn by the newly married women of Kumaon, Jaunsar, and Garhwal, it was considered an important piece of jewellery gifted by the bride’s family.
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Kundal and bali
Locally known by various names such as monad, murkhli, munda, or tugyal, kundals are gold earrings worn by the Pahari women of Uttarakhand. The most common type of kundal is the bali – a huge circular earring made of gold.
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Also known as nathuli, tehri nath is made of gold and is a big nose ring in the shape of the moon, worn by both urban and rural Garhwali women. Known for the brilliant craftsmanship that goes into making it, tehri nath is available in some stunning patterns inspired by flora and fauna. One of the most important ornaments in bridal jewellery, nathuli is gifted to the bride by her maternal uncle.
‘Kaan’ means ear and ‘phool’ means flower. Made of gold, kaanphool are earrings carved with floral motifs. These are most commonly worn by Jaunsari women.
Considered to be an auspicious piece of jewellery for married women, pahunchi are gold bangles worn by women on special events. What makes these bangles unique is the way they are made. Usually available in 1 tola, small gold beads are studded on a red cloth to make these bangles.
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Popularly known as khagwali in Garhwal, hansuli is a tightly-clutched necklace with minimal design. It is worn by Garhwali, Kumaoni, Jaunsari, and Bhotiya women on special occasions such as weddings and festivals.
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A traditional gold necklace from Uttarakhand, chandan haar consists of gold beads studded on four-to-five long chains. These chains stay together with the help of kundan clasps.
Tied around the neck like a choker, a galobandh is made of gold and worn by the married women of Kumaon, Garhwal, Bhotiya, and Jaunsar. It is designed on a red belt with square gold blocks arranged on it with the help of a thread.
These traditional gold jewellery designs are popular among the natives of Uttarakhand even today.