You might have heard of borla jewelry, but do you know that it is rooted in history and symbolism?
The Rajasthani Borla, or “bor,” has been part of traditional Southeast Asian bridal jewelry for many generations. Also known as the maang tikka, this piece of head jewelry is typically worn by women on their wedding day or other special occasions.
A maang tikka consists of a single chain that is placed in the center of the head, aligned with the part of the hair. The piece is attached to the hair by a small hook. The round borla piece then sits on the forehead, the Agya Chakra—also known as the third eye, one of the six primary chakras in the body according to Hindu beliefs.
So, what is the importance of wearing the borla on the sixth chakra?
This area is believed to be the energy center that controls rationality, wisdom, and emotions. Brides wear maang tikkas to signify and bring focus to this third eye. Additionally, the Agya Chakra signifies the holy union of marriage on a spiritual, physical, and emotional level.
The borla itself is a round design, typically embellished with beautifully intricate details such as jewels, beads, and pearls. Many of today’s brides incorporate these hair accessories and other borla pieces into their wedding jewelry ensemble—but more frequently with a modern twist.
One new-age take on this traditional jewelry style comes from Outhouse Jewellery creators, Kaabia and Sasha Grewal. The sisters became fascinated with the borla motif while designing their bridal jewelry collection. Their goal: “To create something modern while keeping the essence of the Borla alive.”
The designers reimagined the borla silhouette with dream-like feathers, creating a whimsical experience for the wearer. The royal decadence of the borla jewelry combined with contemporary additions like ivory feathers, crystals, and pearls manage to convey modern glamor while maintaining a hint of old world charm.
The Borla Collection consists of various headpieces, necklaces, earrings, rings, nose rings, and bracelets. Every piece incorporates the stunning borla design in a unique way. Not to mention, these pieces are fun and versatile; some can even be worn multiple ways (e.g.: feather and pearl tassel earrings with removable borla tops that can be worn independently).
According to Outhouse Jewellery, “The collection beautifully captures the magnetism of bygone eras, while still representing the quintessential Outhouse design language—eccentric yet elegant.”
Whether you’re searching for the perfect wedding accessories or luxury fashion jewelry for another special occasion, Outhouse’s Borla Collection is sure to have something just right. After all, each piece is different from the last, so you can create your own unique look.
Style Editor, Sarbani NYC
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