‘Badaga Jewellery’

BADAGA JEWELLERY

Website of Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash@2005 – 2020
 
Badagas call the jewellery they wear as BANGARA.

Badaga women also [used to] wear a kind of chocker called “SARATTADI“ that is a short chain around the neck with a biggish pendant. Then, of course is the ‘SERUPPINIGE‘ a silver necklace / chocker.

Koderi Hethay with Mookkuthi & Seruppinige

Mani Maalay

Gubbe -Mani Maaley

SARATTADI

The picture of a Badaga woman [blue blouse – bottom left ] was taken by late Chantal Boulanger-Maloney [she was a social anthropologist specializing in Indian culture and I thank her husband Peter Maloney for permitting me to use it. You can see more pictures on Badaga by Chantal in her website [other pics are by me – Bellie Jayaprakash]. The next pix is that of Mrs.Gowri wife of Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder and to its right is Mrs. Nanji e wife of Rao Bahadur HJ Bellie Gowder and mother of Ari Gowder. On the right extreme is Lakshmi e from Chinna (Ooru) Hubbathalai. These pictures are chosen to show the ‘SARATTADI’.

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KADAGA (Bangles)

The bangle or rather bracelet around the wrist is known as ‘ KADAGA ‘ or ‘ CHIPPU BAE ‘ and the thick flat armlet just above the elbow made out of gold or silver is ‘ BAE .

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When I took this picture of Kothiben Hatti Laxmi ‘Karuppi’ Hethai on 09-04-07 and mentioned that the photo has come out well, she mentioned with a great sense of humour, ‘ potto olange bandu ena maaduva, utti enbudhu tha kappu edhaga’. Thank you Kothiben Karuppi Hethe, it was wonderful meeting you !

 

Finger Rings known in Badaga as UNGARA

BADAGAS GIVE A LOT OF IMPORTANCE TO SILVER FINGER RINGS AND THEY ARE ALWAYS WORN IN PAIR. This is the only jewellery item that is not removed from a deceased Badaga.

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My mother Idy Hethe with Janaki Akka (Hubbathalai)

Badagas give a lot of importance to silver finger rings and they are always worn in pair

 

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ODE – DHARAY – WAIST BELT

Ode - dharay - waist belt

N Bellie of Achenakal writes to mention about HODETHARA, a chain worn around the hip of a year old baby on the occassion of MANDE BEESUVA [head shaving] ceremony.

LINGA KATTI

Inside the linga katti

Linga Katti - worn only by Lingayats

Given below is this rare photo of Mrs. Gauri Ari Gowder, wife of Rao Bahadur HB Ari Gowder,and the eldest daughter in law of Rao Bahadur HJ Bellie Gowder, then the ‘uncrowned king of Nakku Betta’, was taken some 80/90 odd years back on her wedding day. Probably, she was the first Badaga woman to dress up in a saree for the wedding. She died very young (less than twenty) after delivery of her second female child – the epitome of beauty. Unfortunately, the baby also did not survive. The photo is given here to high light the badaga jewellery she was wearing.

 

 

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The photo [from Prof : P.Hockings’ book] below is about 100yrs old. See the Jewellery

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Wing Commander Bellie Jayaprakash B.E.(GCT,Madras Univ).,M.B.A (FMS, Delhi Univ)
Contact : bjaypee@gmail.com
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14 responses to “‘Badaga Jewellery’

  1. radhakrishnan

    excellent
    great work

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  2. fantastic

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  3. Anand Rajbelli

    Great collections Uncle.Hat’s Off

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  4. Sureshkumar

    Great work on creating a website, Its just amazing to see our community on web…Mind blowing ….Good initiative…

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  5. RAMANI NANDAKUMAR

    appara super.WONDERFUL JOB
    keep up the good work…

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  6. Satheesh Nagulan

    This is great. I don’t have any words to explain that how i feel. I haven’t seen this before. I don’t have any idea about our jewellery and clear idea about our history. You’ve done a great job.

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  7. ITS REALLY VERY NICE !

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  8. PRIYASTEPHEN

    PRETTY GODD COLLECTION OF PICTURES
    DISPLAYED ON THE WEB

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  9. rakesh babu

    there are more to learn

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  10. manju rajesh

    appara olliya ghelacha maadithi………keep it up….
    innu niraya hattiya sethile ollange attara…….

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  11. Realy very nice(hettaia bangarava nodudhuga appara ollenge adathe).

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  12. Magesh Chandran

    Its really amazing…

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  13. lovely………………

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