History of Lac and its Bangles:
Lac is mentioned in numerous ancient scripts including Mahabharata and Vedas. “Lakshagraha’’, where Duryodhana wanted to burn and kill Pandavas, was made of lac. In Atharva Veda, there is a brief reference to the Lac insect, its habitat, and its usefulness. Some scripts also mention that Lord Shiva gifted these bangles to Parvati as a token of marriage. Manihars, the community that is gifted with the art of making lac bangles, were invited by Maharaja Jay Singh during the days when he was shifting his capital to pink city.
Making of Lac Bangles:
Some plant sucking, crimson-red colored insects such as Laccifer lacca, Carteria lacca, and Tachardia lacca invade the branches of chosen host trees and secretes Lac, a natural scarlet resin. This lac is refined and converted to shellac. The artisans buy this shellac and it acts as the main raw material for lac bangles. Lac and other raw materials like chapadi, giya powder and birja is heated over burning coals called ‘Sigdi’. After this whole process of 6-7 hours, artisans give birth to a dozen of colorful, tinkling bangles.
Some Interesting Facts:
- Lac bangles are considered to be a sign of good omen and are worn by married women in all auspicious occasions.
- Lac bangles are available in many different colors. Different colors have different significance. Red color is worn for energy and prosperity, while green is considered auspicious for fertility and new life.
- Yellow plays a vital part in bringing happiness and orange is worn for success.
- Gold is believed to bring prosperity and good luck, while silver for strength and peace of mind.
- There is another interesting fact about bangles. According to Ayurveda, bangles provide energy to body, especially bones.
Therefore, right from the ancient times, women used to wear bangles, as bangles have a positive impact on wrist bones, which usually becomes weaker as a woman age.
Reasons to Buy:
The craftsmen claim that raw materials used is the main thing that make these bangles unique. Lac is a natural material and artists do not use any chemical in their work. This is the reason why these bangles are acclaimed by both locals and international tourists.
Lac Bangles are religiously significant. They are considered auspicious as it is believed that Lord Shiva gifted lac bangles to Parvati as a token of marriage. Even today lac bangles are widely sold during the time of festivals and marriages. Husbands gift ‘Leheriya’ as well as lac bangles to their wife in festivals like Teej and Gangaur.
Jewellery makes for ideal gifting items. Being non-reactive, it suits all skin types and does not cause allergies. Lac Bangles might appear to be a simple form of art, but it is a labor-intensive technique. By buying this product, you’re not only contributing back to the Indian economy, but also helping Indian artists who toil day and night to nourish and feed their families.
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