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Silver Leg Kada, for women being decked up with ornaments from head to toe was that it is considered a woman’s duty to forever be at her best with pleasant appearance in front of her husband and relatives. So the elaborate regimen for various ornaments and equal importance is given to wearing anklets.
A Silver anklet, also called silver ankle chain or silver ankle bracelet, is an ornament worn around the ankle. It may be worn tight like a leather strap or may dangle an inch or two. Silver anklets have been worn for thousands of years within different cultures. Sometimes the silver ankle bracelet has a significant meaning, while other anklets are worn just for beauty. Even today, people enjoy the sparkle of a dainty ankle bracelet and wear all types, from a slim silver one to a more chunky costume jewellery anklet.
Anklets have always enhanced the dainty and feminine side of elegance. They are an important part of women’s adornment in the Indian culture though they have also been found in other ancient cultures of Egypt and Middle East. Silver anklets are a part of ornamentation and have great spiritual and social significance. However, apart from their aesthetic value the basic motive of the anklet is to draw attention to the wearer’s legs and feet. These historically have been worn for centuries by girls and women in India, where it is commonly known as kada or payal. Other than its aesthetic value, anklets have health benefits too. It is even believed that when a bride enters her husband’s house, the tinkling sound is auspicious. So, one of the main jewellery of the bride during her wedding is an anklet.
Mostly, Indians prefer to wear payal made of silver, as gold is considered to be the metal of the Gods. People in India, therefore, consider it disrespectful to wear gold on the lowermost part of the body.Metal anklets are of two types - flexible and inflexible. The former made by tying links in a chain. Subsequently, sonorous bells can be attached to the chain, so that the wearer can make pleasing sounds while walking. The latter, are usually created by giving shape to a flat metal sheet. Inflexible anklets does not require as much as skill required in flexible ones.
According to Fausset's Bible Dictionary, women wore ankle rings on both feet, joined by short chains, which "tinkled" as they walked, and which made them take gracefully short steps. Livingstone describes an African chief's wife similarly wearing "a profusion of iron rings with little pieces of sheet iron attached to make a tinkling as she walked in her mincing African style."The Rajasthani silver kada from the 1960, was worn by Late Smt. Sayar Bai. This Rajasthani kada was gifted to her by her husband in 1960, which she wore every day, until her death. The anklet was bought for Rs. 75 in 1960.
The kada is inflexible and looks very simple and classical. It weighs 360 gms and is a solid anklet made of pure silver.
As said by Mr. Amarchand Chhajer, “Around that time it was compulsory for all girls and women to wear an anklet. It was meant to be tradition and the tinkling sound was a sign that there are women around. When the family members used to sit together, if they used to hear the sound of anklets, they would come to know that a woman is coming to them and they would welcome her with respect. For any family function, as a gift, silver anklet was always gifted to all women of the house.”
The kada has a very simple design, not too intricate to suit the everyday household wear. It is very plain with a little design on half a side. It is very heavy and usually symbolises the bravery of women. India has been known for its craftsmanship since ancient times. This kada is a typical example of excellent craftsmanship. The key to the success of silver anklet designing and manufacturing is the skill of the craftsman. These kinds of kadas were usually even worn by men in Rajasthan and so to suit them, kadas were designed very simple.
Ugam Devi, 70 years old, from Rajasthan says, “Kada was the main symbol of being a married woman. We could never be without wearing them as it was one of the compulsory ornaments worn by married women. There were various designs and we all women of the house used to get together and select each for ourselves.” She even added, “Even I got a similar kada gifted for my wedding by my mother-in-law as it is a ritual to gift to the daughter-in-law in our religion and it was considered auspicious. It is a main identity of a married woman.
Ideally, an anklet needs to be at least two or three inches larger than the ankle size, so that the beads, bells and other embellishments fall right under the ankle bone. The Rajasthani kada perfectly suits the requirement to fit all sizes of women Silver Leg Kada.