Harnessing the hand harness trend: the Haath Phool
Over the past few years one has repeatedly witnessed the resurgence and reinvention of traditional Indian jewelry, designs and silhouettes in wedding and festive wear. Indian designers such a Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Vallaya and Ritu Kumar are constantly showcasing collections with inspiration derived from traditional and historic Indian influences. Even in the west, Elie Saab’s 2016 couture show collection showcases a vast variety of Indian embroidery and silhouettes. One such look that has gained a lot of popularity recently is the Indian hand harness or Haath Phool.
Literally translating to ‘ hand flower ‘ the Haath phool has been known historically as a part of the sixteen adornments (Solah Shringar) Traditionally worn in India. Indian brides wear it as a part of the traditional set along with toe rings, armlets and many other pieces of jewelry, which have seen a recent revival in current fashion trends. The haath phool dates back to the Mughal era, and is speculated to have been of Persian origin. Courtesans, musicians and dance performers also popularly wore such pieces.
Whether it is a delicate compliment or a chunky piece, the hand chain is bold and statement accessory which accentuates and compliments any outfit. The best part about it is that it can be worn with all your western dresses and outfits as well. It also serves as a great conversation starter. It is interesting to tell people that the delicate hand harness they are admiring originated from your ancestors and is not just a fashion trend you picked up after observing Instagram pictures of Coachella.
For the lazy girl, this bracelet come ring also provides a quick and easy way to add glamour and style to your outfit without having to spend a lot of time endlessly piling on and matching various accessories. However, the hand harness can also be worn together with other bangles, rings and bracelets to create a more dramatic and put together look.
One of the most famous pieces of jewelry to be worn as a hand harness is the pearl and diamond style by Tiffany’s. The western world has taken this trend of Indian origin and made it more modern and wearable by their interpretations of the piece. These include hand harnesses made by just linking together a series of chains or with one focal point like a filigree ring or bracelet. Even in India, versions differ from those having five separate rings, one for each finger or just simply a single ring with a trailing vine like lattice which usually covers part of or the entire back of your hand. The variety of styles available is also quite varied, from traditional Jadau and Polki pieces, modern art deco inspired delicate links and even vintage baroque embellished and encrusted styles.
Whatever style of piece you choose to adorn yourself with, the Haath Phool is guaranteed to grab the attention of all around you, setting you apart from the crowd as a woman of evolved fashion sensibility. We at Pookaari are soon bringing you a specially curated range of hand harnesses for you to pick from and add to your jewelry collection. So this wedding season, be sure to sport this ‘hands on’ trend and watch as the compliments never stop coming!