The nose is generally considered to be an organ dedicated to smell and breathing. But in India, the nose also has some emotional, and romantic connotations in the context of Indian culture.
Nass: What and why?
Nose ring or nose ring is an important part of the look of Indian brides. The nostril is almost always made of purest metal, usually worn on the left nostril. The bride usually wears it on a gold chain, on a lock of hair behind the left ear (in case the nose is heavy and needs extra support), or on part of the left earring. At other family celebrations, such as childbirth, religious occasions, and other holidays, married women must also wear nostrils. There are two forms of nose decoration: nostrils (rings) or dental hooks (simple studs). In some areas, both nostrils were pierced.
Of all the jewellery and decorations of different parts of the human body, the nose decoration is considered the most attractive and seductive. According to Indian wedding tradition, the nostrils are also a symbol of the bride’s virginity. It is very important that as soon as the virgin picks flowers, in most of the Indian subcontinent, this is symbolically called the removal of “Nath”. It is believed that the oldest Vedic script refers to medicine, namely Ayurveda, which associates a nasal puncture with female reproductive organs.
Nose decorations are believed to have scientific benefits for women who wear them. Obviously, piercing the nose to apply a nail or ring can also protect women from numerous nasal infections. A perforated nose should make labour easier and reduce cramps and discomfort during menstruation. The left side is the most common puncture site in India as it is the site of female reproductive organs in Ayurvedic medicine.
Perforations and types of jewellery
An experienced goldsmith will pierce the nose or ears. These professionals only need to touch the skin to know if nerves are passing through the specific area to be pierced. It is important that when piercing the ear or nose, the passing nerves are not damaged or injured, so you should be very careful when piercing.
Nose decorations of various designs and shapes can be used in India – from fine jewellery nails placed on the nostril curve, or large iron rings that surround the cheeks with delicate decorations or pendants, or pearls that are hung in a certain way. They just touch the upper lip line. Maharashtrians wear a larger mango-shaped nose ring, decorated with heavy pearls, hanging from their chins!
In the length and breadth of India, as part of traditional wedding jewellery, many heirlooms were worn by brides from noble families at weddings or newlyweds on special occasions. Depending on their wealth, they decorate such ornaments with expensive jewellery or precious stones. The size of the nostril also determines the socio-economic status of the bride’s family.
In different states of India, the method of making this jewel is different. The nose decorations in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are called mukhuttis. The nose decorations that brides wear at weddings have beautiful traditional designs, imitating lotus flowers and graceful swans. These decorations are usually inlaid with precious or semi-precious stones, depending on your financial and socio-economic situation.
While diamonds are the pearl of choice – keep in mind their purity, topaz is also preferred by people who can’t afford diamonds. Women in Rajasthan wear nature, a small gold or silver ring set with precious stones, while the floral pattern of Bhartiya is something else.
Lazi is a traditional and common clove-shaped clove, while Iatkan is a small pendant hanging between the nostrils for its drooping properties. In Uttar Pradesh, the arch decorated with two pearls and hanging beads symbolizes prosperity.
Punjabi brides wear shikarpuri nose rings
gold rings with up to 20 to 25 patterns or ornaments, including birds, mangoes, leaves, small flowers, pearls, etc. Pullakku is a type of nose ring, which is mainly found in South India (Bulag in the north). This is actually a dangling that hangs between the nostrils – the part that extends from the diaphragm.