Bangles are a part and parcel of ladies’ outfit without which no celebration is complete in Pakistan. They enhance the beauty and delicacy of female wrists. On Eid, wedding ceremonies and other functions, bangles are considered compulsory for ladies. Ladies are especially enthusiastic on blissful occasions. A tradition with new designing and color combinations makes bangles inevitable for all cheerful moments. It is a ritual equally popular in rural and urban areas. Ladies in Thar wear different from the bangles which are in vogue in the other areas of Pakistan. These are all white and are worn in the full arm instead of in the wrist alone. These are called “Choodas” in the local language.
The origin of the bangles in the history dates back to the ruins of Mohenjodaro in 2600 BC where a dancing girl was found with these in her arm. Copper bangles have been discovered from Mahurjhari, India. These led to the decorated bangles in the era of Mauryan Empire (322-185 BC). The ruins of Texila tell of gold bangles in 6th century BC. These ruins have also exposed the shell bangles. India is the hot market where bangles are the part of their religion and “Singhar” (adornment)
Markets are full of bangles in countless varieties, types, designs and colors and this zeal is found to be at the top when there is wedding season or Eid especially the Eid-ul-Fitr. It is hard to choose the desired ones in the bazaars.
Elegant designs attract the ladies coming for shopping in the market. Matching ones with every dress are available. Different styles with different but traditional look make it easy for ladies to select them. Pakistan also exports the finest bangles.
Bangles symbolize the happiness and “Suhag” (the spouse) in Pakistan.The married women take it as a bad omen to put off bangles in the life of their spouse.