345 Antique Challa or Waist-Skirt ornament

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Small Challa with bells.

These little ornaments are devices worn by married women to draw attention to their presence. The hook attaches to the tight edge of the skirt at the waist.

The tinkling acts as a double edged sword - the husband finds this alluring while the other men in the family are expected to turn away and allow the woman her space ...

Beautifully crafted - could be used as a key ring.

Estimated to be from the mid 1900s

Gujarat or Rajasthan

 

 

 


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