Indian Body Jewellery Bellychain
A belly chain is the perfect emblem of the dynamism of India fashion. The popularity of these belly chains or body chains is evidenced by the numerous historical relics such as temple sculptures, ancient paintings, and frescoes from the period of the Indus valley civilization to nineteenth century designs. For increased comfort and flexibility, most silver belly jewelry are made by threading or chaining several links together. The belly chain or waist chain can be a piece of sterling silver jewelry worn around the waist in order to create the ideal waistline. Belly chains are so common among the women in India, in some regions waist chains are also common among men as well. A 14 th Century poetry indicates that waist chain has been a fashion for men (“The golden waist chain, and fine skirts, resting upon his rainbow waist, beautifully shining”). Namboothri men generally wear waist string even as adults, in some aristocratic families, Namboothiri men wore a flattened triple gold string around the waist. As a Hindu custom newborns get a waist chain (aranjanam) on the 28 th day after their birth. In Kerala, a state in India, almost all newborns irrespective of the religious affiliation usually get a waist chain. Although many boys generally abandon waist chains during their teenage years, a large fraction of the girls and a sizable number of boys continue wear waist chains even as adults, consistent with the local traditions and culture. A follower of Lord Siva is expected to wear a chain, with Rudrakshas strung in a white chain with one hundred beads, around the waist .In Lakshdweep a silver thread is worn by both men and women.