Hathphools (हाथफूल)are a beautiful albeit slightly underrated part of Indian ethnic jewelry. Almost all Indian brides wear them but what is not well known is the fact that they can be worn as part of contemporary, Indowestern garments during several occasions. Obviously hathphools come is several designs and materials and one must choose the best-suited design for themselves.
Let’s quickly glance through a few designs and materials for haath-phools.
- The quintessential back palm enveloper
This haathphool pattern is by far the most common kind of haathphool. It essentially covers the entire backside of your palm and gives a decked up look. Brides love wearing them and if worn with more contemporary materials and designs these can also be worn at wedding sangeet parties. This type of haathphool looks best in kundan, polki or thin matt gold and will light up your back palms. If you’re not a bride and wearing this to a party try wearing it in only one palm and not both.
- The chunky single string design
It’s interesting to cover your back palms completely but what’s even more interesting is to partially covering them with big bejewelled motifs thrown here and there. This style allows for just that. It looks light, feels relatively comfortable and can be worn by both brides and bridesmaids.
- Single diagonal string with bangle haathphool
This is a minimalist approach to this accessory. This is by far the most popular and gorgeous design in this category, which is loved and worn by several women for evening parties etc. This design goes well with lehengas, salwar suits and anarkalis. There is usually one diagonal string which runs along the back of your palm and is joined at the lower end by a neat and slim bangle, This haathphool looks best in any material but the favourite choice is that of pearls.
- The gorgeous trifecta This design is also a hot favourite amongst a lot of would be brides… with small floral motifs and kundan encrusted strings, this piece looks fantastic when worn with ethnic lehenga cholis. This design looks best in water droplet shaped kundan and polki.
- Jaalidaar Haathphools As the name precisely suggests this design is beautifully ethnic but also goes well with contemporary lehengas and anarkalis. These are single string haathphools with a triangular jaali (जालीदार) covering the back of your palm. It gives a full bejewelled look to the palm. Try them in kundan, diamonds or gold or a combination of all three.
- The eclectic multi coloured rotund haathphool This is indeed a very unique design because it highlights the bangle and the finger ring part of this accessory while the string attaching the two is fairly simple and stiff. This is a modern piece seen lately on fashion ramps and it’s safe to say that its uniqueness will make it stay for long.
- Emerald and double Kundan bangles A hot favourite material combination this year for this bejewelled accessory is the emerald kundan (कुंदन) combo. Shards of Kundan are set alongside a chunky piece of deep green Emerald where they both compliment each other beautifully.
- Henna Inspired Haath phool This one is truly unique as it serves two purposes that of henna and haathphool. If you’re not a big fan of henna and there are plenty of women who aren’t you can still choose to buy this kind of a haathphool on your special day. It looks like mehendi but can be taken off once the ceremonies have ended.
- Chunky Kundan haathphool looks gorgeous especially when combined with Indo-western clothing. Wear this accessory with chiffon sequinned sarees or party lehengas you’re sure to stand out the minute you wave your palms.
- Pearl and Kundan ring pieces
These as shown in the picture above are a combination of pearl strings and engorged kundan finger ring…best suited with ethnic sarees and lehengas.
- Diamond Encrusted Stringless haathphools A diamond never goes out of style and therefore any piece of jewellery made with the same also stays in fashion forever. This kind of design does not have a traditional string and ring design but think of this as a necklace for your hand. It expends and moulds itself according to the shape of your palm. There is a ring, which goes in the ring finger, and the rest is a stiff lace which runs around the back of your palm