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Maharashtrian tradition has a unique collection of jewellery which has cultural as well as historical significance. It’s inspiration lies in the designs and patterns left behind by the Peshwas and the Marathas.
The graceful Thushi is a unique piece of Marathi jewellery that has been popular in Maharashtra since the 17th century. Thushi has its origin in Kolhapur, a city in South West Maharashtra, along the banks of the river Panchganga and to the east of Sahyadri mountain ranges. In this city, you will find the most traditional as well as stylish Kolhapuri Thushi.
Handmade in Kolhapur
Thushi necklaces are handmade with gold plated beads. The beads typically look like jowar seeds, hollow from inside, and hence called, jondhali beads. These jowar-like beads signify the prosperity in the family. These beads are intricately arranged in layers of strings to make unique patterns.
The unique aspect of the Thushi is it’s floral pendant with a pink or green stone at its center. Traditionally, a Thushi also had a peacock or elephant motif with a stone at the center. The peacock signifies a good monsoon and therefore, a good harvest.
The Thushi Haar is available in a wide variety of metals and gemstones. 22 Karat Gold, Copper, Bronze, Silver, Pearls and Diamonds are used to make Thushi Necklace sets.
Thushi is a choker style necklace worn at the base of the throat. A Thushi can be worn as a standalone piece if you want to keep it simple and minimal. You can also layer it up with Kolhapuri Saaj and Rani Haar. The Thushi Mala has an adjustable dori to adjust it’s length.
The Kolhapuri Thushi is a must-have to complete a perfect Maharashtrian look. Celebrities such as Shraddha Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra have adorned the graceful Thushi. The traditional Thushi will never go out of style. It will be a valuable possession for years.
Types of Thushi Jewellery / Dagina
With online shopping becoming popular among shoppers, artisans from far and wide have got access to the modern customer. You can, therefore, find a rich array of designs, sizes and patterns in Gold Plated Thushi that are available online.
While 22 Karat Gold Maharashtrian Jewellery is popular, Imitation Jewellery offers affordable rates. It works for those who want to keep re-inventing their style. Artificial Jewellery is lightweight too.
The Simple Thushi has golden beads arranged in two to three strands. The simple thushi with or without a pendant goes perfectly well for family get-togethers, functions or post-wedding events.
Vajratik Thushi / Gadi Thushi / Rajputi Thushi / Layered Thushi
Vajratik Thushi are fancier than Simple Thushi. Vajratik Thushi is a statement necklace that has multiple layers of golden beads along with motifs that make this extravagant necklace. Since it gives such a lavish appearance, it is also called Rajputi Thushi.
You can wear this Thushi with a silk saree and put on a flawless wedding look.
Silver or Oxidised Thushi
Do you prefer Silver or Oxidised Jewellery over Gold? You aren’t alone! There is a growing popularity for Silver Thushi. You can wear it as an everyday wear or on special occasions. And off course, you can never go wrong with Silver!
Moti Thushi / Pearl Thushi
If you look for Moti / Pearl in all sorts of jewellery, you will love Moti Thushi too. Moti is embodied beautifully in all types of Maharashtrian Jewellery. The eternal pearls are intricately woven just like the classic golden beads to add to it’s zing.
Thushi Mangalsutra has become quite popular after Yesubai’s character used to wear it in the Soap Opera called ‘Swarajyarakshak Sambhaji’. The gorgeous Priyanka Chopra also wore a similar style of Mangalsutra in her role of Kashibai in Bajirao Mastani. The Thushi style with black beaded Mangalsutra looks classic and is good to carry on any ethnic outfit for your small get-togethers.
Thushi Bangles, also called Thushi Tode, are lightweight bangles. The Thushi necklace designs are replicated in the bangles and look fantastic when worn as a single piece or complemented with the typical green Maharashtrian bangles.
The Thushi Earrings are either made of small or big golden beads. Depending on the size of the beads in your Thushi Necklace, you can choose the Thushi earrings. Wear the Thushi Earrings with the Thushi Haar or Thushi Choker.
While traditionally, Thushi was found as choker designs and was supposed to be worn closely around the throat, modern designers have created long necklaces that are woven like Thushi. They are elegant too! So, if you want to go for a long necklace which is also royal, a Long Thushi is the perfect piece of jewellery to flaunt. The Thushi Long Necklace will look fabulous along with your Paithani Saree.
Belpan Thushi has a string of Belpan motifs tied together to create the Thushi. Maharashtrian brides typically prefer Belpan Thushi.
Zalar Thushi have little latkans on the necklace instead of a pendant. These latkans beautifully sit on the base of the throat to add a little oomph to your neckline. Go for the Zalar Thushi which makes the simple Thushi look dainty and elegant.
If you are looking for a fusion of South Indian design with Maharashtrian, go for this fusion. Also called as Half Thushi Necklace, the Temple Thushi has motifs of Goddesses on its pendant.
The thick Thushi worn as a choker looks absolutely gorgeous. With just Veny Thushi as a standalone piece, you can create a fashion mark for yourself.