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. A kada is a style statement by itself and are mostly paired with earrings or necklaces that are not too ornate. Kadas is an important accessory for an Indian bride's trousseau. In Indian culture, kadas is not only worn as ornaments, but they stand as a symbol of marriage. They are thought to bring good fortune and prosperity for the husband.
Here are few Indian bridal hands adorned with beautiful kadas- a symbol of grace, strength and prosperity.
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. 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 that acts as a constant reminder to perform god’s mission on Earth.
Different Kada Designs-
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. Usually the kada’s end is adorned with motifs such as peacocks, elephants, parrots & serpents to essentially ward off evil eye. 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.
The right kadas make great accessories for traditional outfits like salwaar kameez and saris. They also go really well with kurtis and jeans, adding a bit of traditional flair and ethnic style. 22K gold kadas, over time, have come in vogue to suit a more contemporary look. For parties or evening wear, women now prefer wearing kadas or a single thick bracelet with trendier designs.
Tips to Select Right Size Kadas-
We recommend you to buy kadas 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 kadas have a main central top design which is only on one side of the kada. If the bangle bracelet 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 kada.