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Bangles of the Gonda Tribe

by K. L. Kamat

First Online: July 28, 2003
Page Last Updated: November 01, 2016

When a young Gonda woman goes around fully decorated with silver jewelry, she reminds one of  the Shila-Balika of Belur. To appreciate and to admire her artistic jewelry itself is quite an experience, and even the women-libbers who shun jewelry may have to reconsider! 

Some bangles are solid and many are hollow. The Gondas do not believe in broad bangles, so they have to custom-snug-fit by the jeweler. Once worn, they cannot be removed, and are worn life-long. The bangles worn for special occasion (removable) have a hinge mechanism. 

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Bangles that resemble Anklets
Bangles of the Gond Tribe

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Finely Crafted Bangle
Finely Crafted Bangle

Some of the different types of bangles worn by the Gonds are:

  • Davari
  • Chani is a simple yet artistic bangle
  • Vimariya bangles remind one of snake skin
  • Bangles resembling kadaga
  • Bangles resembling anklet
  • Bangles in the shape of earthworm, formed of concentric rings
  • Hinged bangles
  • Very light weight hollow bangles

See Also:

The Tribals
Tribals of 
Madhya Pradesh

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