HAATH PHOOL

An ornament that originated in Persia, the Haath Phool has been called by many names—Haath Kamal, Haath Chain and Slave Bracelet. It was first introduced in India by the Mughal courtesans with the onset of the Mughal rule, and over the decades, it gradually seeped into the Rajput royal jewellery trousseau. Post-colonization, the Haath Phool, although no longer existent in its original royal avatar, found its way into several tribal cultures across central and northeastern India, where they were made from cheaper elements, and yet showed a new and unique range of aesthetic.

At present, the Haath Phool is once again finding its way into the greater parts of northern India and Pakistan as a desired ornament for the bridal trousseau. The haath phool, as the name suggests, often consists of floral designs and flower chains that link the exquisitely made bracelets with the rings. Luxurious and traditional, the haath phool is often made of gold with chikankari and jaali patterns with inlaid pearls, or with kundan or extravagant polki diamonds. 

Another noticeable feature in the reemergence of the haath phool is its desirability among global celebrities, including the big names in Hollywood. From Natalie Portman to Kim Kardashian, the wrist-and-finger bracelet, as they would say, is becoming an eye-catching adornment to beautify the hands as it appeals with its own presence when paired with elegant and flowing gowns. More chic and less traditional variations of the haath phool with inlaid imitation stones are becoming a rising trend among the youngsters of both western and eastern cultures.

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