Anklets are also one of the part of marital ornaments mostly used in marriage
Anklet are also the type of ornaments that most of the woman wear. It is worn around ankle. It is common whole over the world but mostly found used in the country like India, Nepal as well. Anklets are also known as: payal, nupur, jhanjhar etc and many more in India and paunju in Nepal. This type of ornaments are mostly wore by every women; married and unmarried both. Its simple magnificiant ornaments that consists of small beads or bell that produces fluent sounds.
Anklets have been worn by Egyptian women since pre dynastic times. This practice was once prevalent in South East Asia, where the effect was to give a 'feminine' short tripping step. Today, a few western women follow this practice, but rarely in public. More rarely still, some people wear 'permanent'. Formal anklets (silver, gold or beads) are used by some women as fashion jeweler. Anklets are important piece of jeweler in Indian marriages as well in Nepalese worn along with saris. Anklets are also one of the part of marital ornaments mostly used in marriage.
Talking about its history it was prevalent in Egypt: Anklets were also worn by dancers in public events. In the early twentieth century, anklets were commonly worn by Egyptian women of inner cities.
In Europe: Bronze anklets are mostly found and used in the Bronze Age in temperate Europe, in an area roughly along the Danube, in the Alpine foreland, up the Rhine to the Atlantic, and also down the Rhône.
In South Asia: Rajasthani women wear the heaviest type of anklets, which are silver and signify tribal adherence. The women wear these as costume jewelry, but also to show their bravery as a tribe against other rival tribes. The fashion for heavy anklets is declining in India now, but is still common in rural areas.
In the eastern Indian state of Odisha, which is famous for its traditional jewelry, there are varieties of anklets known as Paunji Nupur, which are worn by women. Another variety, which covers the entire foot, is known as Padapadma. In ancient times men also wore anklets. Traditionally, only Kshatriya people can wear gold anklets, and other castes wear silver anklets.
And talking about in Nepal: All people wear anklets nowadays as a fashion and tradition. Specially we can find Hindus wearing it as their culture but nowadays all wear it. In marriage ceremony it is used as an ornaments. It is known as Pauju in nepali. Even unmarried woman wear it. This ornaments reflects the beauty of a woman and it is used for pleasants as well.
Anklets are made up of gold, silver, and metal along with different crystals, stones etc. In the western world anklets or ankle chains are mainly worn by younger females, but some older women also wear them.
Metal anklets are of two types - flexible and inflexible. The flexible ones, often called payal, pajeb or jhanjhar in India, are 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. Inflexible ones are usually created by giving shape to a flat metal sheet.