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The Royals Love This Accessory: Kamarbandh

The Indian culture has many majestic aspects out of which Kamarbandhs are one of the most popular ones standing out at every royal event because it seems to be one of their favourite accessories to enhance their royalness. It is a visual delight to see the handcrafted waist chains adorned with expensive and exquisite gemstones and precious stones coupled with statement shaped diamonds.

The background story-

The existence of Indian crafted jewellery and designs goes back to more than five thousand years. Even the tombs in Egypt feature jewels that date beyond 3000 BC. The collection comprises beaded work on the traditional jewellery style of the Kamarbandhs and embedded with beautiful precious stones such as amethyst, garnet, ruby, quartz, and so on.

Women in the earlier times would most definitely wear waist chain on their wedding as it was more of a status symbol. Since women did not inherit any ancestral property, the parents would gift their daughter heavy jewellery, and Kamarband had a special place in their trousseau. The royal families give a special place to the jewellery art. The more elaborate and exquisitely it is created, the better and higher importance it gets in the clan.

Demographic design patterns-

The different regions of India have their own specialty of jewellery designing which is why the Kamarbandhs from different areas of the nation will have a distinct craft of designing them. Orissa and Andhra Pradesh specialize in creating Filigree designs while Rajasthan's expertise is more into enameling and meenakari. The Mughals also influenced the tastes of people in India with their mesmerizing jewellery crafts in Kundan, sapphire stones, etc.

There are thin as well as thick waist belts that go beautifully over Indian ethnic as well as Western outfits. The mix and match of traditional jewellery with western dresses is absolute magic to look at.

The variety-
Silver is the metal used to create the simpler variety of Kamarbandhs. These accentuate the waist in a beautiful way and look gorgeous over simple sarees or lehengas.  The festivals of India are another reason to adorn oneself with Kamarbandhs. Festivals like Navratri or Diwali show many women wearing colourful beaded style of waist chains and some go experimental with a host of different types of waistbands. Some of the designs are created with pretty pearls and embellished with crystals and beads. These look colourful and vivacious. Another variety of Kamarbandh which is visible during special celebrations is inspired by the South of India. The Temple Jewellery style in waistbands is designed with sculptures of gods and goddesses. These are thick in width and enormously vibrant, mostly made with gold.

New Innovation-
Traditional Kathak and Bharatnatyam dancers in India have always worn waist belts during the performances and it is a must accessory worn by belly dancers. These waist belts are over the top with a lot of ghunghroos to create beautiful sounds during dancing performances. Many designers have incorporated the Kamarbandhs in their recent designs showcased across different ramp shows and it's picking up really well worldwide.