Kolhapur is a growing city situated in the southernmost part of Maharashtra. Apart from being renowned as the 'seat' of Goddess Mahalaxmi, the city is known for being home to artisans that make excellent jewelry. Infact, it has an entirely different style of jewelry making, known as Kolhapur jewelry. Though there is hardly any woman in this world who does not like jewelry, it holds a special significance in the life of the Maharashtrian women, especially those who are married.
Just like the rest of the jewelry found in the state, Kolhapur
jewellery also derives heavily from the style seen during the time of
the Maratha and Peshwa dynasties. Some of the most famous ornaments made
in the city are haar and malas, mohanmal, bormal, chaplahar, kolhapuri
saaj, pohehar and putlihar. The names of these items have been based on
their different and peculiar shapes. Then, there is the Kolhapur Saaj, a
very special type of necklace that is made only in the city.
Thushi, a choker with closely bound tiny gold beads, is also counted
amongst the popular Kolhapur jewelry items. Amongst the popular hand
ornaments made in the city are Patlya (two broad bangles), Bangdya (four
simple bangles) and Tode (two delicately carved thick bangles). The
ornaments made in Kolhapur using pearls and red and white stones are
Chinchpeti (choker), Tanmani (short necklace) and Nath (nose ring).
Last, but not the least, is the bajuband (armlet) - a favorite amongst
the women of Maharashtra.