Maggam work bangles are ornamental bangles that have their origins in South India. These bangles are inspired by the artistic work on fabrics such as Zardosi work, pearl embroidery, tambour work, etc. The base fabric used to create maggam work bangles is usually raw silk. This is because raw silk has an exclusive and beautiful texture that makes it suitable for this kind of work. Maggam work bangles can be customized according to individual preferences. The general method of making maggam work bangles is as follows:
Firstly, the desired design using embellishments such as pearls, sequins, zari thread, buttons, etc., is stitched on raw silk fabric. This piece is then sewn onto the base bangle of wood or plastic to be completely covered.
Different Types of Embroidery
Different types of embroidery are done on raw silk to make it beautiful enough to cover the bangle base. They are beadwork, mirror work, kassu or coin work, sequins embroidery, zardozi work and kundan work. Raw silk is the best fabric for maggam work bangles because it is available in brilliant hues, and the texture of the material is well-suited for the work.
How to make Maagam work bangles at home
Step 1: Once the embroidery, pearl, zardozi or mirror work is completed on the piece of raw silk that you intend to use, the next step is to keep the bangle bases ready. Choose a bangle base in either wood or plastic. The width of the bangle bases can be thin, medium or wide.
Step 2: The embroidery has to be done in long strips, and the width should be equal to the width of the bangle base. The length of the embroidery should be equal to the circumference of the bangle.
Step 3: Cut the piece of raw silk to have an extra 1-centimetre width than the embroidery on both sides. After this, place the embroidery aligned with the centre line running along the circumference of the bangle. Hold on to one end and apply glue (e.g., Fevi-quick) along the length of the bangle on the centre line. Then place the fabric, so the embroidered part lies along the width of the bangle and stick the cloth firmly.
Step 4: Now, it is time to stick the extra length of cloth on the sides of the embroidery. Fold the fabric neatly on the inside of the bangle. If the embroidery is too tight, the cloth is likely to frill up and sticking it can be more difficult. You can also choose to hem the cloth neatly after folding the cloth on the inside of the bangle. Otherwise, you can stick up this end with glue. The Maggam work bangles are now ready for use.
Maggam work bangles are typically Indian and go well with ethnic outfits and sarees. They also help to reflect a colourful and fun persona when worn with jeans and floral tops.