Jhanjar or Jhanjran is the name given to the anklet punjab. Anklets and toe rings historically have been used for centuries by girls and women in India.
In Portuguese it is pronounced Jan Jaran.
They were also used by Egyptian women in pré-dinastia.
In the United States, the pair of casual and formal anklets became fashionable in the late 20th century.
In Western popular culture younger men and women can wear casual leather anklets (popular in coastal regions) and formal anklets of silver, gold, or pearls are used for women like jewelry sets in the West in only one ankle.
In India, they are an important part of the bride’s jewelry, used in conjunction with the saris or salwar kameez. But it is also a symbol of femininity of the woman punjab.
Long ago the anklet was made with the intention of limiting the steps. This practice was prevalent in Southeast Asia, where the effect was to give a more feminine air with small steps. Today some Western women follow this practice, but rarely in public. Very rare to find people who still have ‘ permanent ‘ welded anklets.
The women of Rajasthan wear a heavier type of anklets, they are silver and signify which tribe they belong. Women wear as costume jewelry, but also to show your bravery as a tribe against other rival tribes. The sets of the heavy anklets is declining in India, but is still common in rural areas.
The word jhangheer means anklets in hindi and punjabi. Jhangheer means chain/chain. This is significant to the extent that the anklet was a “chain” that the woman was wearing on your wedding. Some of the anklets were heavy and difficult to walk, so named.
Metal anklets are of two types: flexible and inflexible. The flexible, are often calledpaayal, pajeb or jhanjhar in India. Many have those chimes so they make nice sounds while walking.
The sound was also a reminder to warn people that there was a woman around, during the times of Purdah (Women Act cover the face and body with burqa, niqab, dupatta or ghoonghat, for example).
Some models are suitable to be used on a daily basis. They are lighter and thinner, but always with many toys like these below.
Gold or Silver?
The Indian anklets are mostly silver. The Indians don’t have the habit of using Golden feet. They believe that gold is a symbol of wealth so can’t stay close to the ground (it depends of each region, in Punjab, for example, that thought prevails). On their wedding day some brides to wear anklets made of gold, but in everyday life women prefer the silver.
Salangai or Ghunghru/Ghungroo is the name given to small bells which the dancers tie ankles. In the case of the dancers, the chimes are used in greater quantity than normal ankle bracelet.
This a model suitable for dancing.
Left or right?
In India, the anklets are used in both ankles.
What your meaning?
They are simply used as embellishment without sexual connotation. It is not prostitutes ornament, women who dance in the harem, bla bla bla … None of this.
Always portray the anklet as the most desired ornament for women. Generally earn as a wedding present. Is the dream of every indiana win gift from husband and her husband put on it! Usually the anklet not is visible because the pants (salwar) ends up covering the ankles, so the sound of the chimes mess with imagination?. RS
Including the Indian goddesses usually appear in paintings using anklets. The women in India wear and if grace the way an Indian goddess dresses, with anklets, bracelets, rings, bindi, etc
For Indians, the Act of touching the feet is an act of great respect. Just do it to greet someone older. And in this case is an exception of her husband by putting the anklets in wife. What for many of us Westerners to put your shoes on someone brings us an image submission, to the Indian man, touching the feet of a woman is also submission. And this is the exception that he puts himself at the feet of his wife, which shows love and respect. Is the dream of every indiana live that day, but it’s not a rule.
The anklet is considered something delicate, feminine. Is the hallmark of Indian woman, beauty, innocence and inspiration of dozens of songs and movies.