[Tidbits] Haath Phul

This is not an easy one folks. I do hope that you all subscribe to
the tenet that in brevity lies purity of thought. Because today old
chaps. I am going to be pure as the driven snow.

Haath Phul. also spelled Haath Phool. means: (I think) flower-jewel
for hand. It is an ornate and quite attractive piece of jewelry worn
by brides. The two I’m going to be showing you consist of four finger
rings, each ring linked by a chain to an ornament which is in turn
linked by two chains to a bracelet. all of which is made of gold and
set with diamonds.

As regards the ornament: It is the top of an Arsi ring. a ring with a
mirror in its center to better see oneself at whim. a ring of
somewhat feminine conceit. and an item I had written about in a
previous Tidbits. The five rings together form a panchangla, or haath
phul. The ornament bridges the gap between the four rings and the
bracelet. In one of the bracelets the Arsi ring also forms one of the
four finger rings. All these words belonging to a language and
culture with which I am unfamiliar speak to me only of the truly
homogeneousness of us humans… an ancient and complex race and a top
of the line species … except maybe for cats. Nothing beats cats.
But that’s just me.

It is said that the Haath Phul was also worn by courtesans and court
dancers in India. Versions of the Haath Phul are becoming more and
more popular in the west. Methinks there may be a doorway here for
someone. Of course one of the problems with doorways is that one is
never quite sure if they lead to meadowlands or to cliffs. Ahh. To
the daring often go the spoils.

And that’s pretty much it for the Haath Phul. an extraordinarily
beautiful piece with which most of us–I’m assuming–are unfamiliar.
That said. may I suggest you take a peek at the bracelet, ornament,
and four ring combinations. You know where. Home page: tyler-adam.com.
Left hand menu. Click on Tidbits.

And there ya have it. That’s it for this week folks.
Catch you all next week.
Benjamin Mark

How interesting, I enjoyed taking a look they are lovely I always
enjoy Tidbits.

I just made two different versions of the handflower, two because my
daughter asked for one of them.


Very interesting! Even more so, for me, as the daughter of my
father’s former business partner just got married, with a full Indian
wedding. Even the groom, while not Indian, participated in all the
many ceremonies.

From what I understand, there were five days of consecutive
celebrations surrounding the wedding. I didn’t attend, but my folks
did, and regaled mewith descriptions of the ornate clothing and
accouterments. Mom was particularly impressed by the outfit that the
groom’s mount - a beautiful white steed - wore while bringing the
groom to the wedding.

Linda in central FL

In many traditional Indian weddings in the past all of the jewelry
that the bride was wearing on her wedding day is hers forever. It’s
like her personal savings account. Her husband and his family cannot
take it from her. It was an important cultural tradition for women in
a culture that gave them no rights. In the bad old days a widow was
expected to kill herself when her husband died.

That’s why the wedding jewels are often very high carat gold, so
that they can be easily converted into cash if necessary.

Jo Haemer

There is an old saying about gold, “so India goes so goes the gold
market”. Interesting Independent Film about the “gold sweepers” in
India who make a living sweeping the streets with a dustpan and brush
in the gold market area.

Barbara on a blue sky day on the Island