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Rajasthani Bajuband

Bajuband, an ornament closely associated with Rajasthani culture, has numerous interesting facts linked with it, eight of which are mentioned here.

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Bajuband Greek and Egyptian deities

Bajuband Greek and Egyptian deities

Vanki Bajuband

Vanki Bajuband

bajuband worn by warriors

bajuband worn by warriors

Rajasthani Bajuband

Rajasthani Bajuband

Indian Amulet

Indian Amulet

Bajuband, or Rajasthani armlet, is one of the most prominent Indian jewelleries that has both cultural as well as historical significance. Such an important ornament ought to have some interesting facts associated with it, right? So, here are eight of the many interesting facts about Baajubandh that not most people are aware of.

  1. All of the ancient civilizations including that of Egypt, Rome, Greek, and of course, India, has had depictions that show that Bajubands were eminent ornamental pieces even then.

  1. The name Bajuband for armlets is more prominent in Rajasthan, everywhere else in India it is more commonly known as Vanki. The design of Vanki and Rajasthani Bajubandh too varies to a considerable level.

  1. In Rajasthan, Bajuband was initially worn by men of all Varnas (rulers, warriors, farmers, and cowherds). It has become a feminine jewellery only after pre-historic times. Even after that, only the ladies of high social status used to wear it until it became a common fashion jewel for females.

  2. Armlets come in all shapes and designs, but in Rajasthan the traditional bajubandhs have same basic design which includes a prime rectangular plate with studded gems, pearls, precious stones and intricate patterns. Another signature feature of a Rajasthani Bajubandh is the brightly-colored tassel (known as loom in Rajasthan) attached to it.

  1. Paired with bangles, Bajubandh often have similar patterns and is worn in both the upper arms. However, it is becoming more common amongst Rajasthani women to wear it on just one arm.

  2. Bajubandh is an imperative part of Solah-Shringar (sixteen significant ornaments of married Indian women), and no bridal jewelry set is complete without it.

  3. Earliest Bajubandhs were more of amulets than ornamental accessories, and were worn to fend off the evil spirits. Even now, Bajubandhs are said to possess the similar mystical powers that keep evil spirits away.

  4. In Rajasthan, mostly precious metals (like Gold and Silver) are used to style a Bajubandh, but many people prefer to wear Bajubandh made of imitation metals, for the obvious economical reasons.

How many of these facts did you already know? Or do you know some more? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks for reading.


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