Tuesday, January 19, 2021



Masoli is a beautifully handcrafted traditional toe rig which is in the shape of fish worn by married women of dhangar community all across western Maharashtra. According to the legends the bride or married woman is compared to crops which are surrounded by water and fish symbolizes water which signifies fertility and liveliness. The semiotic analysis of fish design can be connected to the beauty, grace and magnetism of women as well as in ancient times design inspiration was always directly taken from flora and fauna. Ancient jewellery artisans might have got inspired from shape, colors, patterns, texture and movements of fish as well as the cultural and traditional significance. The tradition of wearing toe rings by married women can be seen across India in different shapes and designs but the unanimity is its significance. Toe rings are not evenhanded to beautify the legs but also have some health benefits. Scientifically there are nerves from toes which connect uterus and hearts. By wearing toe rings good circulation is ensured there by strengthening the uterus. The menstrual cycle is also regulated ensuring speedy conception. Also silver is known to be a good conductor. Silver absorbs the energy from the earth and passes it on to the body thereby rejuvenating the entire system.

In India the art of adornment goes back to primitive society who used, for decoration, flowers and beads, carved wood, shell, bone and stone. The ruins of the Indus Valley civilization, dating back to 5000 - 8000 years, have yielded examples of beaded jewellery. ...

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