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COSTUMES AND JEWELERY OF BAKERWAL WOMEN

 

Jewelry

Photo : Maharajkar Singh Isher

If costumes make a woman, then Jewelry adorns her further.  Costumes and jewelry of bakerwal women reflect the tough life they are used to live. One does not find delicacy in their ornaments. They are so thick that urban woman cannot even imagine wearing all that in their daily routine. This is in contrast to urban women who wear light ornaments, that too on special occasions.

THE MAIN JEWELRY OF BAKERWAL WOMEN INCLUDES:ornament.JPG (18299 bytes)

1. Self designed beads necklaces woven in colored silken threads

2. Coins of Indian currency - Key shape Lockets - usually having silver plating

3. Chargul or "loung" - either of gold or plating of gold as a nose ring

4. Jhumkas or Kanta - of silver, for ears

5. Kangans or Mareedehis and Kadai for arms

6. Haseeri for neck

7. Do - Ladi hear of silver for neck

8. Angoothies or rings of silver

9. Silver - hairpins - joints by a chain at both ends

10. Chippri - a scarf of chheet cloth - They always keep their heads covered with topi and chippri

 

COSTUMES

 

1. Loose salwar and Kurti of dark colors with big flowers printed cloth known as "CHHEET"

2. The most attractive, colorful and fascinated is the TOPI or cap, which is very simple yet unique with embroidery work having artificial stones and pearls embedded into designs.

Man silversmiths in cities make attractive display of the jewelry, which reveals that this jewelry is in good demand. Many foreigners and fashionable women find this jewelry and costumes quite fascinating and appealing.