Indian Names: Chudi, Kangan
Known as a universal fashion accessory, Bangles are worn by women of any age group irrespective of race, caste, religion, etc. Bangles are considered to be traditional jewelry in India and are known as "Chudi". Typically, a bangle is worn in the arms and it adorns the area between the elbow and the wrist. Bangles are made of many different materials. Gold and silver are the most popular choices for making this jewelry. Other popular choices for making a bangle are glass, ceramic, lac, oxidized metal, plastic, wood, ivory, etc.
Since ancient times, bangles have been an integral part of the Indian jewellery set. Bangles go with every occasion and sometimes, it is inauspicious to attend a cultural event with bare hands. Bangles can be worn in groups, different colors or even singly. A thick bangle that is worn as a single piece is known as a "Kangan". Usually, a Kangan is made in gold or silver while thin bangles are made out of glass. The glass bangles can be worn in groups and in different colors that can be matched with your attire. A Kangan looks ethnic as well as elegant when worn with just about any dress.
The bangle has evolved from a mere adorning piece of ornament to an important social symbol since ancient times. During the Pre-Vedic period, the bangle was merely used for adorning oneself. With the arrival of Vedas and other holy scriptures, the bangle was raised to the level of an important symbol of marriage and wedlock. A newly wed woman and a bride to be never leave their hands bare and wear either red glass bangles or a pair of gold bangles.
With fashion and style taking the center stage these days, the trend of wearing bangles has gone through a sea change. Though the tradition of wearing bangles still remains as strong as oak, the contemporary times have changed the very look of a bangle. These days we get bangles made of wood, platinum, shell, beads, etc. with decorative motifs like leaves, flowers, stars, etc. Some bangles have little chains dangling from them and some designs given them a very royal look. With plenty of designs, colors and styles to choose from, what could you possibly leave!