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Tinkling bangles

Check out a variety of Jaipur bangles at Poompuhar's bangle expo



Ornamental appeal — Pics: S.Siva Saravanan.

BANGLES ARE always in vogue. This traditional jewellery has gracefully adapted itself to modern trends.

Gone are the days when they were primarily worn by women and girls to complement traditional wear. Today, jeans-clad girls are sporting colourful lac bangles from Jaipur and Hyderabad and metal and acrylic bangles in style.

Poompuhar, the sales showroom of the Tamil Nadu Handicrafts Development Corporation, is showcasing an array of bangles in glass, gold, silver, metal and plastic and embellished with beads, gems, precious and semi-precious stones and pearls for its ongoing jewellery expo.

About 120 varieties of bangles, silver jewellery and imitation jewellery sourced directly from artisans in Jaipur,

Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam have been displayed, says P. Mohamed Ali, Manager of Poompuhar.

Variety fare

Other items on offer include silver earrings, precious stones like ruby, emerald, garnet, agate, amethyst and topaz, spadiga beads and pearls.

You can also choose from silver smithy-worked anklets, earrings and headgears, from Rajasthan. "These silver jewellery retain the dull finish for a long time and we have an entire collection of pendants, rings and bracelets in the price range of Rs. 100 to Rs. 5,000," says R.Vasanthi, who handles the stall.



Adorning the wrist.

Besides lac bangles, enamelled gold jewellery, silver jewellery and temple jewellery have also exhibited.

Devdas bangles, Kumkum bangles, double colour (bandhej work) and multi-coloured bangles are the specialities at the Jaipur bangle stall.

"These bangles have intricate glass work on them and they are done manually," says Bittu, the stall keeper.

Candles in beautifully decorated mud pots and showcase pieces made of ice cream sticks are also available.

There is a discount on all purchases. The expo is open from 9.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. till September 30.

K. JESHI

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