Traditional Jewelry of Assam to Make You Look Gorgeous
Little do people know about the infamous traditional jewelry of Assam? Assam being a vibrant place with variant hues popping out in their food, clothes and entire tradition is something you shouldn’t miss out a chance at. Traditional jewelry is another weakness of the people inhabiting out there because it shows the deepness of the ethnicity this place holds. And why these ornaments are something to take count on is because every piece has a story attached to it just like the clothes they wear. Think about the festivals of Assam and it turns out it is somehow related to the air, the trees or the animals and all of these can be seen in the traditional jewelry of Assam too. They were mostly worn by the King and Queens from the Ahom Dynasty. They were always seen in these jewelries that have become a luxury for the commoners now.
Being an Assamese girl I myself am so drawn to them that it becomes really difficult to say which one I love the most. They have this charming patterns and texture that makes them irresistible to not wear them.
We will be talking about some of the best Assamese jewelries that will light up any ethnic piece of apparel you put yourself in. These ornaments are lovingly curated by hands. The ones who do the making are known as ‘sonari’ (goldsmith).
They are either crafted in gold, silver or gold plated. One another name given to Assamese jewelry would be ‘kesa xun’ which means raw gold to be exact. This type of gold is not exact gold but is a sort of gold and doesn’t shine like those gold we usually are aware of.
In the making the prime colors that are used are red, green and blue. There are different stones or beads that are used to make the floral patterns and sometimes pearls are infused into it too. Mostly, they are made out of golden with parts of colors into it. Now to make them look even more extravagant, people have started using diamonds to decorate them too.
When you look carefully at these Assamese bihu jewelries you will be stunned to see that most of the [pieces have names related to instruments or natural things such ‘dhulbiri’ where dhul means drum or ‘junbiri’ where Jun means moon.
It is so amazing when you can easily relate them with the auspicious things people of Assam believe in and use mostly in their traditional events. Pair them with a plain sari made of cotton or a kurti, the combination is flawless. The shine and the designs are a must-have because you aren’t just wearing Assam tribe’s ornaments but you are conveying a message through them that every small thing in our life holds this special place.
One of the specialties of these traditional Assamese jewelries is that they support both minimalism and maximalist. You can pair them up with anything and there is less to zero chances of disappointment. My favorite piece of jewelry would be that ‘Gam kharu’ which is a pair of big bangles and it always comes in pairs. Mostly people wear it in silver but the truer version of it is in both silver and gold in it. The size varies from one person to another but mostly in 6.00 centimeters. This pair of bangles are a must have for Assamese Ahom brides as they brings the royal vibe to the bridal wear and makes your wedding extra special.
Hope we see more people in these amazing jewelries!