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Vintage Bell Anklet, India

30.00 AUD

Anklets, known as payal in India, have been worn by Indian women for centuries. They’re a significant part of Indian bridal ornamentation, as the new bride announces her entry into her husband s house with the tinkling of her payal. And no wonder; it’s an intoxicating sound that I have become completely addicted to.
I came across this particular beauty in Hampi, while on assignment covering a tarot tour of South India. In this magical town in southern India you’ll find groves of acid green palm trees, interspersed with blameless blue rivers, sculpted boulders stacked against the hills, and the mind-blowing ruins of the 13th century Vijayanagara Empire.
There I was blessed by a sacred elephant on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, played dress-ups with Lambadi tribeswomen (I purchased this treasure from them), drank fresh coconut milk from colourful local street stalls, and rode a tuk tuk embroidered with peacocks.
A magical place, and a magical, jingly treasure to remember it by. 

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Condition: A few of the bells are rusty due to the vintage nature of the product, as seen in the imagery. Part of its individuality and charm.
Material: Woven cotton band with brass bells. Handcrafted in India.
Length: 19cm, excluding ties. Length be adjusted with ties.

Pieces featured in Nina’s Bazaar are vintage, pre-loved or handmade one-offs so there may be imperfections which add to the character of each piece.


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