“There’s much more be­sides ban­gles in Laad Bazaar,” says jew­ellery de­signer Suhani Pit­tie

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Decades be­fore Hy­der­abad be­came an im­por­tant hub of busi­ness ac­tiv­ity, the ban­gle mar­ket was so fa­mous that tourists would es­pe­cially visit the area. ‘Laad’ lit­er­ally means to pamper, and Laad Bazaar lives up to its name even to­day! The ban­gle in­dus­try in­volves women painstak­ingly en­crust­ing colour­ful stones and crys­tals into the mix­ture of resins- non toxic and non al­ler­gic. It is said that women cre­ate th­ese beau­ti­ful ban­gles in be­tween their house­hold chores.

The fin­ish and pat­tern have evolved greatly over the years. Some­times de­signs are quickly grasped and recre­ated from mo­saic and stained-glass pat­terns of build­ings. A lit­tle tweak to an ex­ist­ing pat­tern and one would have a new heir­loom for a re­ally small price. I had once en­quired if they could imi­tate a pat­tern I had drawn. The an­swer was “Kya saab –hum ye hee kyon, aap ka chi­tra bhi bana sakte hain”( Why a pat­tern, we can sketch your face with the crys­tals)”. With easy im­ports the qual­ity of crys­tals has greatly im­proved. Glass crys­tals cut into in­ter­est­ing shapes and a va­ri­ety of new sea­son’s colours have made the Hy­der­abadi ban­gle an im­por­tant fash­ion ac­ces­sory. The old tra­di­tional pat­terns phas­ing out into ab­so­lutely to die for de­signs are truly cov­eted.

The dis­cern­ing client has a wide price range to choose from. Of course, you will be pay­ing more if it’s ob­vi­ous that you are not from Hy­der­abad and also if you dis­cuss hav­ing seen them in Lon­don shops. Add another zero then. Th­ese ban­gles have found pres­ti­gious spots in some im­por­tant shops world­wide. Even at In­dian wed­dings, they are laid out at times for guests to wear and take home. Laad Bazaar is so re­source­ful and char­ac­ter­is­tic and there’s much more be­sides the ban­gles. There are shops laden with zari bor­ders and laces, mehendi, surma and se­quins and glit­ter. ‘Parandi’ or tassle ended strands that are worn with the plait, carts sell­ing combs and nail enam­els, hair­clips and even py­jama draw­strings can also be found here. The diver­sity that one can see in this one lane is mind numb­ing and sym­bol­ises Hy­der­abad in a quaint sort of way.

The writer is a jew­ellery de­signer

THE DIVER­SITY THAT ONE CAN SEE IN THIS LANE IS MIND NUMB­ING AND SYM­BOL­ISES HY­DER­ABAD

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