Kada, the Indian bangle bracelet is an important part of a woman’s life. From being a toddler to an older woman, kadas and bangles are an essential accessory of her being. Kadas are usually wider in diameter than a bangle. They come with a screw or a clip so that you could open and wear it directly on your wrist just like a bracelet.
The kada’s end is adorned with designs and forms such as peacocks, elephants, parrots & serpents to essentially ward off evil eye. Indian women combine the kadas with other wrist ornaments such as bangles, while men wear a single kada. In Sikhism, a kada or kara is worn by men which constantly reminds them to perform god’s mission on Earth.
You can wear kadas daily with ethnic or western wear if it fits your style or to parties or even weddings and other special events. Kadas are made in a variety of designs all over India. The kadas are either solid 22 karat gold, or hollow and filled with lac. 22K gold is a favorite metal to make kadas. These gold kadas are available with delicate filigree work in a cuff style. Also, the designs range from simple to intricate handmade designs, often studded with precious and semi-precious stones such as cut diamonds, emeralds, rubies, uncut diamonds and other gems.
We recommend you to buy the bangle bracelets in 1-2 sizes smaller than your actual bangle size. The reason for this is, you do not need to slip the kada through your fingers, you can wear it directly on your wrist, because of which you can go for a smaller size. Also, by taking a smaller size, the bangle bracelet will hang less on your wrist and will be more comfortable. Last, and most important - almost all bangle bracelets have a main central top design which is only on one side of the kada. If the kada you buy is loose fitting on your wrist, this top design being more heavy in weight compared to the rest of the kada will roll over to the bottom of your wrist and not be visible. Therefore, it is very important to select the right size kadas.