A recent survey by the World Gold Council (along with Malabar Gold and Metals focus) has shed light on the jewellery preferences of brides from Kerala.
An usual Malayali wedding sees the bride decked in about 320 grams (40 sovereigns) of gold jewellery on an average, the survey, part of the World Gold Council's India's gold market: evolution and innovation report, found. This is the most a bride in India wears.
Besides the chain holding the minnu (another name for the thali or the mangalsutra), the chains you would see a Malayali bride sporting are the Kurumalaka Mala and Pathakkam.
The gold bangles preferred these days are the Kolkata bangles, machine-cut bangles and thoda bangles.
Among earrings it is the jhimkkis that occupy pride of place, the report found.
In necklaces, the more famous ones are the Kingini mala, manga mala, kaasu Mala, lakshmi mala and mulla motu mala.
Also preferred are toe rings and the kolusu (anklets).
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