History of Anklets
- Anklets have been worn for over 8,000 years by girls and women in the Indus Valley and Egypt.
- Anklets became fashionable in the United States from the 1930s to the late 20th century.
- Formal anklets made of silver, gold, or beads are used as fashion jewelry.
- Anklets are an important piece of jewelry in Indian marriages, worn with saris.
- Some people wear permanent ankle chains and connecting chains.
Anklets in Egypt
- Anklets were worn by Egyptian women of all social classes since predynastic times.
- Anklets were made of different metals, with gold being more common among the rich.
- Anklets were made of beads threaded in several rows during the fourth, fifth, and sixth dynasties.
- Anklets were worn by dancers in ancient Egypt.
- Anklets are still commonly worn by dancers in public events.
Anklets in Europe
- Bronze anklets were visible in temperate Europe during the Bronze Age.
- Anklets were found in hoards along the Danube, Alpine foreland, Rhine, and Rhône.
- Ancient Greek and Roman women wore anklets called Periscelis.
- Plebeian women wore silver anklets, while patricians wore gold anklets.
- Anklets are not commonly worn by Egyptian women in public due to increased Islamic conservatism.
Anklets in South Asia
- Anklets were used in the Neolithic and chalcolithic periods at Mehrgarh.
- Rajasthani women wear silver anklets to signify tribal adherence.
- In Odisha, there are anklets known as Paunji Nupur and Padapadma.
- Traditionally, only Kshatriya persons can wear gold anklets in India.
- Anklets are called Payal in Hindi and Jhanjar in Punjabi.
Anklets in Sri Lanka
- Dancers in Sri Lanka wear anklets on both ankles.
- Anklets are made of silver, gold, and other materials.
- Flexible anklets are made by tying links in a chain and can have sonorous bells attached.
- Anklets called Salangai or ghunghru are worn by Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, and Odissi dancers.
- Scuba divers sometimes wear lead anklets, and convicted criminals may wear ankle monitors.
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