Payal (or jhanjran as they were called in my traditional Punjabi home), are anklets worn by Indian women, and usually have ghungroo attached to them. Ghungroo are little bell shaped baubles that make noise as you walk. Depending on the number and size of ghungroo your payal could give off a demure romantic chime, or announce loud and clear that you are on your way into the room!
I’ve loved payal since I was a little girl and wore them pretty much religiously until I was about 17 years old. That summer I went to visit some family in London and one of my older ‘cooler’ cousins told me they sound like cowbells. I was young and impressionable, so from that point on I only wore them to Indian parties where the sound of the blaring music would drown out the ‘cham- cham’ of my payal.
Earlier this year I was showing off my city to a few girlfriends, and while shopping I spotted a pair of beautiful pink and gold stone payal, and my love affair was rekindled. I probably haven’t gone a day since then without wearing a pair, and have been itching to buy more. Of course this leads us to today’s project: DIY payal.
Th ese are the simplest type of payal you can make, and it took me about 15 minutes to make this set! Honestly, the hardest part of this diy was finding an Indian store that would sell me these ghungroo.
Individual ghungroo (try your local Indian shops, if that doesn’t work you can order online)
If you are new to jewelry making projects you can always check out the dollar store before investing in a lot of supplies. I’ve seen a lot of tools there recently, and it’s a great way to test out a hobby before committing.
Next, decide how much space you want between each of your ghungroo. I went this 1.25″. I decided to eyeball the spacing all the way around. If you want a more precise look, use a Sharpie to mark the exact spacing.
Now we start adding the individual ghungroo…Start by opening the jump ring with your plier and slip it through the ghungroo.Insert the jump ring through the chain at your pre-determined intervals and squeeze the ring closed. Don’t apply too much pressure when closing or the jump ring will loose it’s shape or break. Continue adding ghungroo until you get to the end of the chain, then add a lobster clasp.The lobster clasp finishes the payal on the ends. I would suggest buying a better quality lobster clasp from your local bead store or Michael’s. The dollar store version doesn’t cut it.
Images by: Aziz Dhamani
PS: I also pair my payal with high heels which I think is a perfect evening look!