An intricately designed mangalsutra, a pair of bangles and a delicate nose-ring crafted out of Tilgul or halwa as it is called is a dying art but has been kept alive by the Paranjape Family who reside in Deshpande Galli and they have been making these ornaments since 1942.
This is not their bread or butter but just a passion to keep the tradition in the house going.
As per tradition, newly-married women are decorated in very special jewellery called the halwyache daagine’ (ornaments made of halwa’ or sugar coated sesame) and black sarees. Just married men and babies too could adorn with similar ornaments. They export them to USA, Canda, SriLanka, Dubai, United Kingdom and is always booked in advance.
Many of ornaments are bought and send abroad to the newly weds who cant make it for the festival. Some families manage to take them along.
Ornaments are made using Tilgul, Paper flowers, thread etc. In ladies set we make Bindi, Mangal sutra, Necklace, Bajuband, ear rings, ring, bangles and Nadapatti, In men’s set we make A garland and Tura and In kids set we make Kirita, Bajuband, Gajara and Basari. The ladies set which contains Mangal sutra, Necklace, Ring, Bangles etc costs Rs.800 -1000and the kids set cost about 300.