Moha interprets - The Dhanda Kada -
Indian jewellery is simply incomplete without bangles or Kadas. In fact #bangles are one of the oldest pieces of jewellery ever made. People have been wearing bangles since ages, with the oldest bangle seen on a figurine of a woman belonging to the Harappan era. Known as the Dancing girl or the Sindhu nari, the statue is seen wearing lots of of bangles - upto her arms length!
Today, we are featuring one such intricately designed ornament worn by the men hailing from #tamilnadu - The Dhanda Kada.
To men, owning this kada was a sign of honour & pride as according to olden lore, the Dhanda Kada was presented to the men who displayed a lot of strength, valour or had earned an impressible list of achievements. On observing the dhanda kada one can understand why this kada held so much value. It is truly breathtaking; indeed such a beautiful ornament deserved to be earned & not purchased!
These #kadas had detailed repousse work on them. Repousse work is the skillful art of hammering under the surface of a metal to get raised designs on the front. With the help of this technique, eight forms of the Goddess #Lakshmi also known as the Ashtalakshmi were created on it. These are important religious deities and are considered to be very auspicious; meant to bless the wearer with good luck and prosperity.
Along with the Ashtalakshmi, there are some Dhanda Kadas which have designs of various vaishnavite symbols, flowers and conches on them. Apart from these elaborate and beautiful designs, the kada is an otherwise hollow structure filled with rattling seeds. This makes it considerably light weight. Sometimes these kadas are inscribed with the owner’s name.
An enchanting ornament, the Dhanda kada is a classic example of the attention and detailing applied to decorating a men’s piece of jewellery with prevalent religious roots.
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