Who decided what to adorn Who decided what to adorn? Well, that depends Each culture chooses to adorn different parts of the body. Some are unique to India. Like these gold anklets decorated to the nth degree. The septum nose rings called bullukku, found in very few cultures. Jewels for different parts of the ear known as koppu or kunukku. Look at these earrings that beautify different parts of the ear. We have peacocks, parrots, the iruthalai pakshi or double-headed bird, coins, and flowers– motifs of India A Japanese would have left it at just one style of earring. In India, no. Our sense of ornamentation is maximalist, not minimalist. The materials used whether it is gold, silver or gems come from the land. The motifs and their meanings are intertwined with local culture and stories. Take anklets, for example.No other culture uses them as well as India Why did we invent jingles as a woman walks? My feminist Indian friends say that it is so the husband can keep tabs on his wife as she walks around the house. I think that the reasons are less about power and more about sensuality. We describe these anklets in many ways. calat-caraṇa-nūpuram—moving ankle bells lasat-kāñcana-nūpuram—His legs are decorated with golden ankle bells Less is more?Nay, more is more. In that sense, India is not like Scandinavia with its “less is more aesthetic.” Nor it is like Japanese minimalism. We have a “more is more” aesthetic. When a god is adorned in temples, we put more and more jewels till nothing else is visible. We call this “alankaram.” Anklets in Sanskrit: noopuramMani nupura dhari (he who wears pearl anklets) In this song, Lord Rajagopala or Vishnu is described as “Mani Nupura Dhari.” He who wears pearl anklets or nupura Bejewelled insightsJewellery as a way to understand a culture For global business travellers who work in multiple cultures, there are many ways to understand the people that they interact with. One way is to observe a culture’s aesthetic. Jewellery is both gloriously unique to a culture and eternal to all cultures. Regional jewelleryRooted in the soil and the people Each region has jewellery rooted in its soil and inhabitants. Jewellery, like a braid is fused with Indian and its people. It is part of our national and individual identity In that sense, jewellery conforms to the notions of alankara and aabharana By Shoba Narayan|2019-09-30T21:08:25+05:30September 30th, 2019|Categories: Motifs, Overview|Tags: anklets, celestial dancer, India, indian aesthetic, meaning, motifs, nose ring, overview, septum ring. overview|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInTumblrPinterestVk About the Author: Shoba Narayan Related Posts The Artisans and Ancient Jewels August 13th, 2019 | 0 Comments Jewels and a Woman’s Health August 9th, 2019 | 0 Comments Growing your Ears to Dangle a Snake July 30th, 2019 | 0 Comments Parts of an Intricate Wedding Necklace July 23rd, 2019 | 0 Comments Triratna Pendant. Sunga Period Welcome to Overview July 22nd, 2019 | 2 Comments Planets and Gems July 15th, 2019 | 0 Comments Leave A Comment Cancel replyComment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.