The Tradition of Bangles in Pakistan Culture

Whether it is an annual religious festival of EID, a wedding, or, a friendly get-together, something no girl would ever forget to buy is the Bangles. Worn around the wrist, these round, firm bracelets are a must-have with any outfit. They can be purchased in any color of your choice. The journey of the love of bangles started with gold and silver. They are now available in several other different materials like glass, wood, metal, and even plastic.

Every girl’s dream is the colors and the lovely bell-like tinkling sound as the bangles strike against each other around your hand. The tradition is popular in South Asian countries: India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh wear them as part of their traditional attire.

The history of bangles

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Women have worn bangles for thousands of years. They were constructed of seashells and a variety of other materials. A dancing girl with bangles on her arm was discovered in the ruins of Mohenjo-Daro. Copper bangles from Mahurjhari, India, have been uncovered. The embellished bangles of the Mauryan Empire resulted from this (322-185 BC). In the 6th century BC, gold bangles were discovered in the Texila ruins.

These remains have also revealed the shell bangles. With the passage of time, the bangles went through several changes but the real fascination remained the same. The tradition of wearing bangles is as alive today as it was years ago.

For the love of bangles

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Bangles can be found in a wide variety of colors, materials, and sizes throughout Pakistan. At weddings, Eid, and other festivities, nearly all women of all ages wear bangles. You can easily get the bangles of your choice from shops and kiosks, as well as from local artisans known as “banjarans.” These women vendors roam around in the streets carrying the bangles in straw-made baskets to sell.

Their presence itself is a festive moment for the village women who hardly have time to visit a market and get their favorite accessories. Things are a little different in cities, with unique shops in almost every market selling a wide variety of bangles. On particular occasions, like Eid, they see an increase in sales as they “succeed” in persuading as many clients as possible to purchase their bangles in certain areas.

The colorful world of bangles

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Glass bangles with glitter and ghungroo, small bell-like attachments attached to them, are the most popular among young women. In recent years, rubber bangles, worn more like a wristband by children, have made a comeback. In contrast, plastic bangles are worn to lend a fashionable touch.

Conclusion 

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Bangles hold a special place in the hearts of many women. A woman’s bangle is more than just a piece of jewelry; it symbolizes her femininity. Bangles have a significant role in South Asian heritage and culture. Charm and elegance are added to a wrist’s beauty with these bracelets. Gifting bangles to someone you care about expresses your love and caring.

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By Nudrat Fatima

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