Early ages women used to wear bangles made of fired clay, bronze bone, silver and gold. Glass was known to the people of Taxila and Butkara (Swat) where glass tiles were used for laying in floors of stupas. Today the age of making terracotta bangles is over and glass bangles are used to be the most popular mode of adoring the arms of ladies. It is still the cheapest, beautiful and elegant ornament of ladies.
This jewelry item is worn by almost all females of all ages especially eastern and South Asian on special occasions like wedding, Eid, and other festivals. In eastern countries, the most interesting myth of glass bangles is that wearing colorful glass bangles is a symptom of happy married life, green bangles are the symbol of fertility of a married woman and it is considered a bad omen for ladies to leave their arms unadorned without bangles. Wearing bangles all the time is a symbol of a married life. When the husband of a lady dies, the first thing she would do is to break the glass bangles from her arms. Moreover, in young girls gift of bangles given by friend or lover conveys the message of love and compassion.
These days’ bangles are worn with several additions like ghongroo, glitters, motives and laces etc. Process of making bangles is as harder as it looks soft in appearance.
In Pakistan, bangle making is a household craft and three small factories of bangle makers in Hamdard Town, Jhaal Chakian and Qasbah Abad near Sargodha city on Sargodha-Shahpur Road is still working successfully.