A fashion accessory is an item used to contribute, in a secondary manner, to the wearer’s outfit, often used to complete an outfit and chosen to specifically complement the wearer’s look. India has absorbed different styles of clothing and fashion from across the world. Indians have a unique advantage with regard to fashion accessories. We do not have to worry about whether our accessories go with our dress or keep up with the current trends in the fashion world. All we have to do is adapt our traditional accessories to go with our attire. Some traditional Indian fashion accessories that will make you look unique.
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A bindi is a bright dot of some colour applied in the centre of the forehead close to the eyebrows or in the middle of the forehead. a bindi is an epitome of Indian beauty and tradition. Bindis are a quintessential part of Indian women’s wardrobe. They add beauty to a woman’s face. Traditionally worn by married women, bindis are believed to usher in prosperity and welfare. The bindi comes in all varieties, right from the smallest black dot, to the finest intricate gathering of Swarovski crystals, sparkles, matted shades in various hues. Today, a bindi is a fashion statement more than anything else, and it is amazing how the bindi has been adopted by many women in the West.
Jhumkas are the statement, ever-green ethnic jewellery that can never be out of fashion. Just one correct statement piece can make any look complete and add the final charm to your look. Correctly matched jhumkas are bound to add to your style quotient and leave no need for any other accessory. Jhumkas or balis are earrings that make Indian women stand out of the crowd. They enhance the beauty of women in a way no other earrings can. Any woman can carry them with elegance and style. And the best part is, they can be a regular part of your attire. Pair them with a variety of outfits, like skirts, kurtas and palazzos, draw-string pants and tunic, tee and jeans! They absolutely go with anything.
The Maang Tikka is an integral part of an Indian bride’s ensemble. It is essentially a piece of jewelry that has a hanging ornament at one end and a hair pin at the other. The pin is attached to the hair in such a way that the ornament dangles at the hairline of the woman. Mostly made out of gold, semi-precious stones, pearls and diamonds, it is a long-standing Indian bridal tradition. It completes the traditional Indian look in a second. These days, maang tikkas also show up on runways and at other formal occasions.
Dupatta is a long scarf-like cloth usually worn by women in Southern Asia. Commonly known as the chunnari, odhni and chunni; Dupatta is considered a symbol of modesty and compliments the overall look of a salwar kameez or lehanga choli. A dupatta is an extremely versatile piece of clothing. Each region has its own way of presenting the chunari with unique embellishments, embroideries, fabrics and weaves. The most common fabrics for chunari are Cotton, Silk, Chiffon and Georgette. Dupattas complete the traditional look of an Indian girl. Usually, it is worn around both the shoulders. But in modern days, dupattas are multi-purpose. They are used as scarves, draped around the head or even used to cover the face. They have become a fashion statement, worn like stoles with jeans and kurtis.
Bangles are traditionally rigid bracelets which are usually made of metal, glass, gold, silver, ivory, shell, wood, etc. These ornaments are worn mostly by women from Asia and Africa. Bangles may also be worn by young girls and bangles made of gold or silver are preferred for toddlers. Bangles are the ultimate Indian signature style. They add tradition to any modern look. They are also an essential part of any wedding costume. they are the symbol of feminity. The sound of the bangles is unique and cannot be replaced by any other sound. You don’t have to wear traditional clothes to wear bangles; they can be worn with any attire.
Traditional Rajasthani jholas are cloth bags that you can carry around with ease. While the whole world is now trying to reduce the usage of plastic bags by using cloth bags, Indians have used these jholas for ages. They come in different colours and will give you a perfect look accompanied by any traditional attire. They can also be worn with skirts and jeans which is an added advantage. These jholas add colour to your personality and they will make you stand out of the crowd.
An anklet, also called ankle chain, ankle bracelet or ankle string, is an ornament worn around the ankle. … Formal anklets (of silver, gold, or beads) are used by some women as fashion jewellery. Anklets are an important piece of jewellery in Indian marriages, worn along with saris and kurtas. The sound they make when you walk will make you want to dance! In recent times, they have become a style statement. They can be worn on one ankle for a modern look. Anklets go with any look and you can walk around gracefully knowing that these anklets will make your legs look beautiful.
The use of waist chains can be traced back to 4000 years or more originating in the Indian Subcontinent. Historically, waist chains have been used in India, by men and women, as ornaments and as part of religious ceremonies, as accessories and to show affluence. Traditionally worn with sarees in India, kamar pattas add beauty to your waist. It is worn during festive occasions. It is also a quintessential part of an Indian bride’s wardrobe. No bride’s look is complete without a waist chain. In modern world, it can also be also worn with jeans and skirts.
Toe ring (also known as bicchiya) is commonly worn by married Hindu women in India. Toe rings are the best accessories for your toes The bicchiya is worn in pairs in the second toe of both feet and are usually made of silver metal. They are worn by the women as the symbol of being married and are not removed throughout the lifetime. But toe rings have become a fashion statement and can be worn by any women with perfect grace. They add style to your personality and adorn your toes like no other ornament.
Ethnic hand-made shoes/chappals and hand-embroidered ballet flats are called jootis. They add colour to any attire. Worn with traditional clothes, these jootis have now become very common and worn by almost everyone. They are very comfortable and easy to walk around. If you are a shoe-lover, jootis need to go into your wardrobe to adorn your feet.
Nose ring is the piercing of the skin or cartilage which forms any part of the nose, normally for the purpose of wearing jewelry, called a nose-jewel. Another jewellery worn by an Indian woman is a nose-ring. Apart from creating a traditional look, nose-rings add beauty and charm to a woman’s face. Nose- rings have become pretty common too. They can now go with any attire — jeans and kurtis, skirts and tops, jeans and tees.