Where does the Anklet Originate?

Friday, 26 July 2013  |  James

Where does the Anklet Originate?

The Anklet dates back as far back as the Bronze Age, with early signs being seen in Europe around 1800 BC, and they can also be see in ancient Egypt, where it would have been referred to as a foot bracelet, back in ancient Egypt anklets where made from materials such as gold among the very rich, or iron and silver worn by the lower classes.

Anklets are and have been a popular tradition in India for many centuries, known as pajeb, paayal or jhanjhar, meaning chains, and many examples show heavy chains that are difficult to walk in, often with bells attached, so that people around would know they were in the presence of a female, and they would also make pleasing sounds when moving around.

In the modern day western world anklets can be made from silver, gold, leather, or even nylon and plastic, and can be seen adorning the feet or mainly younger woman, however woman or all ages can and do wear anklets.

What foot should I wear an anklet on?
In many cultures anklets are often worn on both anklets, but in the modern western world woman tend to wear anklets on their right anklet, this is believed to be because most people are right handed.

Can men wear anklets?
In todays modern world, young men can often be seen wearing leather or wooden bead anklets.

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