The Origin of Ankle Bracelets

Recent fashion shows have shown various types of anklet and options for wearing them. Chloe participated in its thin gold anklet, coupled with appropriate beach slippers in iridescent while Marc Jacobs showed as an active supporter of elegant bracelets from two lines combined with timeless classics – black heels.

But vintage style bracelets are not the only options for anklet in the EHISTORYLIB. They can be of various designs and made of different materials (gold, silver, leather, plastic, nylon beads and shells).

This can build a mistaken impression that ankle bracelets are just part of disco fashion, with no history and no symbolism hidden in them. Anklet have a history worthy to be known and to delve into it.

While people in the west have begun to wear an ankle bracelet until the early 20th century, their history in eastern cultures can be traced back to ancient times. The first samples anklet were found during excavations in the Sumerian tombs and if you were good at history lesson, surely you know that the Sumerians considered the “cradle of civilization” and inhabited the southernmost region of Mesopotamia for over 4500 years.

Archaeological excavations have failed to investigate several anklet made of various metals and stones, precious and semi-precious.

In Ancient Egypt bracelet worn around the ankle female can tell a lot about financial resources and social status of the owner. Woman wearing gold or silver ankle bracelet adorned with precious stones, apparently show that the wife of a wealthy man, while slaves and plebeians usually wore bracelets made from leather, metal, or mussels. In most cases they have served as amulets and talismans.

Ancient India is where anklets receive the highest prevalence. They can indicate the marital status of the woman or simply play the role of ornament. Flexible ankle bracelet from a chain called paayal are often wore in India among the dancers.

Metal chains were sometimes supplemented with trinkets issuing gentle sounds while women danced. These anklets are in wide use now, but mostly in the Arab world and among belly dancers.

Precious and complicated crafted anklet an integral part of Indian bridal wear with traditional sari and a variety of other precious ornaments of precious metals.

In the Middle East and South Asia there were other use of these bracelets. In olden times “feminine” short and quick steps were considered very sensual and women wore bracelets on both ankles, assembled on a circuit which limited the breadth of the pitch, making it extremely graceful.

Anklet conquered America in the 70s and become a favorite way freedom-loving women to express themselves and so today they are one of the effective components of bohemian style.