Thambatty Mitchi Hethay

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Thambatty to attend a wedding. After a long time, I saw a Badaga lady, Mitchi Hethay with all the Badaga Jewellery [Kivi Chinna [ear rings], mookkuthi [nose rings], Saradu[necklace-chokker] and Bay [Bangles]. She made a wonderful sight in her spotless white ‘thundu – mundu’ [Badaga traditional dress].

Mitchi Hethai

mlle Sumathi writes : What a pleasant picture ! Thanks for sharing it with all. Mitchi Hethai is reminding of my own grandma who is no more , my grandma used to wear the same type of jewels .
Just a small question, do they make these traditional jewels even today ? In Ooty where can we order them ? Though not for immediate purchase , just gathering information for future use . Also , where can we buy those waist belts with a small bag  in woollen which our hethais wear ? Happy monsoon season to all our site visitors .

Hello Sumathi, we were able to lay our hands on Badaga Jewellery both at Ooty and Kotagiri. Surprise is that you can have Badaga Jewellery made in Bangalore, yes Bangalore. The waist belt – are you talking about the colourful ‘Satta’?  The sattas used to be the first woolen article any Badaga girl would knit when she started learning ‘how to knit – ‘pinnodhu’ in those days. I am not sure about the present – Wg Cdr JP

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4 responses to “Thambatty Mitchi Hethay

  1. I am proud to say that she is my gradn ma.

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  2. 🙂 Nice work. Thanks for sharing this. Mitchi Hethay is my Grandma. Nice to see her in badaga.in. Probably I will show this to her upon my next visit.

    Thank you , Sunil Prasath, I was always wondering how to show this to Mitchi Hethay. I had come to your hatti for a wedding when these pix were taken – JP

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  3. Thank You for posting the picture of Mitchi Hetthai and the giving the details of the jewels our grandmothers used to wear. All these are a rare sight now a days.

    I am very much interested in buying a silver bangle that our great grandmothers used to wear. I would be very grateful if could provide me with the details of where I can get one. (the bangles with small designs on the edges).

    The Silver Bangles can be bought of the shelf, if available, from a couple of jewellery shops [one is owned by Badagas] at Kotagiri market near the bus-stand or made to order from Big Shop, Kataria Jewellers [or the Jewellers next to that] from Ooty (next to the market / Mariamman Temple) – Wg Cdr JP

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  4. What a pleasant picture ! Thanks for sharing it with all. Mitchi Hethai is reminding of my own grandma who is no more , my grandma used to wear the same type of jewels .
    Just a small question, do they make these traditional jewels even today ? In Ooty where can we order them ? Though not for immediate purchase , just gathering information for future use . Also , where can we buy those waist belts with a small bag in woollen which our hethais wear ? Happy monsoon season to all our site visitors .

    Hello Sumathi, Yes we were able to lay our hands on Badaga Jewellery both at Ooty and Kotagiri. Surprise is that you can have Badaga Jewellery made in Bangalore, yes Bangalore. The waist belt – are you talking about the colourful ‘Satta’. The sattas used to be the first woollen article any Badaga girl would knit when she started learning ‘how to knit – ‘pinnodhu’ in those days. I am not sure about the present – Wg Cdr JP

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