The Kasumala is an essential necklace in every south Indian woman’s jewelry collection. Kasu meaning 'coin' and Mala 'necklace' is also known as Kasulaperu in Telugu. the Kasumala is made up of small gold coins which are so closely strung together that they overlap one another. This is a traditional south Indian necklace which is extremely popular and has become a significant bridal choice. Today, Kasumalas are trending in a huge varieties of designs from plain Kasu Malas, Lakshmi, Parrot Kasu Malas to designer Kasumalas.
To south Indians, jewelry is deeply rooted in every aspect of their life tradition, religion, rituals, ceremonies, weddings, festivals and is perceived as a status symbol, the abundance and display of which is proportional to one’s success in society. Kasumala is a highly desired jewelry necklace for a south Indian bride as it is considered to be the most regal and auspicious bridal jewelry that carries family legacy and traditions.
Graceful, elegant, beautiful, diva; these are some adjectives that perfectly go with a South Indian bridal look. Let's see how the magnificence of the Kasumala or Kasuperalu further adds magic to their ensemble.
A south Indian wedding is incomplete without a Kasulaperu adorning the bride. In fact, Kasumalas are a popular choice among women and girls for any special and auspicious occasions like Puja, thread ceremony, and marriages. The necklace is constructed using gold coins which are embossed with figurines of Hindu gods and goddesses. The Kasu or the coins most often are inscribed with motifs of Lakshmi or Ram parivar. ( Explore our 22K Temple Jewellery Collection.)
Lakshmi goddess is very popular as she is a representative of beauty, prosperity, good luck and abundance. It is believed that wearing the Lakshmi goddess Kasumala on her wedding day will bring prosperity and luck to the new bride and is considered highly auspicious. The Kasumala designed with Lakshmi on each and every coin is called as Lakshmi Kasumala.
22K Gold Lakshmi Kasumalas with Pendants-
It is said that the origins of the coin necklace can be traced back to the vedic period. The Rig Veda mentions about this. Also, the Kasu necklace can be seen in the sculptures of Amravati. The profuse stone carvings found all over south India seem to have further inspired the designs for these ornaments. The Kasumalas come in different lengths and designs. This traditional necklace is so valued that it is a preferred gift to brides in south Indian weddings.
22K Gold Short Kasumalas-
There are different ways you can wear the Kasumala with your bridal attire depending upon the look you want to achieve. For a simpler look, a long Kasumala paired with a smaller necklace looks perfect while for a grand look, Kasumala with a pendant or a double layered Kasumala would be ideal.