This bracelet or wristlet seems to have been conceived and designed for similar considerations as a close-clinging choker for the neck. As delicate as the neck the hand’s primary function is to move and thus every eye is drawn to it and it is often the body’s focal point. Even when idle, it lies around the waist, the body’s centre, and commands by its appearance the appearance of the entire figure; hence it as much deserves to be appropriately adorned as the neck; and, as much delicate as the neck it is as much desirable as in the case of neck that a metal or a stone is not allowed to injure, at least for long, the wrist’s skin by its friction, and a bracelet with the silk base, not just silk lining but a thickly braided support with its own beauty, strength and dimensions, will surely help.
However complex the system of interwoven threads creating the base, in its overall form the bracelet is broadly a highly simplified design. Besides the base of red silk thread that braids of metal wires strengthen, the bracelet consists of sixty equally sized and alike designed units : a five-sided drum-like middle tapering down on both sides into pointed ends. These units, arranged in six rows of ten each, are entwined with the base with concealed metal-wires. Obviously machine cast, these drums’ like shaped units, so arranged that their middle part in one row is contrasted by their pointed narrow part, in the other row, create rhythm and great visual effect. The silk-zari mixed base terminates on one end with a water-melon like looking large silver bead attached to it, and on the other, into the form of a ring, obviously to hold the silver bead to lock the two ends around the wrist.
This description by Prof. P.C. Jain and Dr. Daljeet. Prof. Jain specializes on the aesthetics of literature and is the author of numerous books on Indian art and culture. Dr. Daljeet is the curator of the Miniature Painting Gallery, National Museum, New Delhi. They have both collaborated together on a number of books. .
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