Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Rajputi jewellery: 'Hathphool'

'Hathphool' (aka 'Hathpanja in some other parts of India) is elaborate jewellery which adorns the back of the palm and the wrist. It consists of gold finger rings tied to a gold medallion with one or multiple strings and another string(s) attaches the medallion to a bracelet. The image below shows a traditional hathphool:

Woman wearing Hathphool jewellery
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Traditional Hathphool
Source: Wikimedia Commons [By Sodabottle (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons]
Shown above are traditional Hathphools popular among Rajputs. Hathphools are generally manufactured in gold. Kundan Hathphools are quite common as well. 

Many variations of Hathphools are also available. For instance,  every hathphool need not have five rings attached to its medallion. Hathphools consisting of a single ring or two to three rings are also quite popular. Some Hathphools do not have a medallion and the finger ring is attached directly to the bracelet with a string, as shown below. 

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Note this Hathphool has only one cocktail ring attached directly to the bracelet without the central medallion

Unmarried women generally do not wear Hathphools as it is gifted to a woman on the occasion of her wedding. Traditional Hathphool was a single piece of jewellery worn by a bride on her wedding.  Many modern jewellers now manufacture detachable hathphools (with detachable string) so that the ring and the bracelet can be worn without the string. 

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