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History Of Nose Cuffs and Appropriation VS Appreciation

Disclaimer:

Thank you so much for wanting to learn about the jewelry you are going to adorn ourselves with.  I think it is always important to know what you are wearing before you wear it. One time my oldest son got a Nirvana shirt. I told him he didn’t know who they were and said they? It’s a rap song mom. *facepalm* after he proceeds to convince me the popular font and yellow color of the Nirvana name is indeed a rap song. Lol Perfect example of knowing what you are wearing before you buy it. The information I am about to give is from years of research and correction from fact checked google articles and various people from different cultures. I rarely give my opinion but when I do I will let you know . If you find any misinformation or typos lol email us at customercare@dasannispeaks.com and I would love to be educated. I love nose rings and they may be small but I see 827161 shapes and the origins behind it are beautiful too. I hope the information helps you make an informed decision. Most important thing first!

 

Are Nose Rings Cultural Appropriation or Appreciation and the Difference Between Them

Coming soon! But I do want to make it known that I am very confident my jewelry is for everyone to wear but it’s time we add the question here since I get so many questions on it and it never fails that my trending searches that tell me HOW someone got to my page shows the question in one shape or form.  Imma give you enough information to teach a whole class but don’t say Dasanni Speaks said you could wear it cause I’m not going to tell you what to do but I am going to educate you. So use your knowledge to make the best informed decision. Every month I get called a culture culture and using culture to profit and this company is far from that. It is known that different culture can adopt the same physical thing but with different meanings so you must know your heart. It isn’t a costume though!  You can also email customer care and they will get you sent to me and I can speak with you about it. Enjoy the read! 

 

The Beauty of Nose Cuffs

Wearing nose piercings have been a long standing traditional practice that can be found back thousand of years and depending on what culture you ask you will find multiple meanings for why it is worn. One thing that is for sure is that nose rings have and will stand the test of time whether it be the traditional Nath’s worn by for several different cultures around world to signify something meaningful in their life or for fashion since they were brought to western civilization in 1913 you are sure to fall in love with the rich history

Where do nose cuffs/piercing originate from?Indian women dressing in 16 Shringar Adornments. Nose chain. Toe rings. Nath. Bindi.

According to tons of different, fact checked sources, nose rings or the traditional name Nath, can be traced as far back to 44,000 years ago. The Aboriginal People Of Australia are actually the first people to be credited to wearing them. This was usually just a piece of bone in their septum. In the 1500’s it migrated from the Middle East and then reaching Western Civilization by the 20th century and becoming the smallest and most popular body jewelry to date. 

TODAYS tradition of nose rings comes from Middle East’s Culture BUT it can be found in all types of different cultures around the world with different meanings and can even be used for western civilization because the nose ring dates back to Christian . In the first book of the Bible, Genesis, it was used to signify marriage and is actually the only physical symbol of marriage, which is why i started wearing them  

BUT Did you know that a man named Babur from The Mughal Empire in the Middle East, brought Naths to India in the 1500s and that tradition of nose piercings in India is still very practiced today in the most beautiful ways you can imagine? The real tea is that some people will disagree and say that the Mauryn Empire is who brought them. And when I say disagree, I mean strongly disagree.

On June 26th, 2021 a popular Twitter figure (lol is that what they are called?) called out one of Indias Most Largest Jewelry Manufactures for crediting the Mughal Empire and not the Maurya Empire. In their website. And you may be like Okk bur what’s the beef? Well, the Maurya Empire has been around 2,000 years longer than the Mughal Empire. And the Maurya Empire says they are responsible for the traditional “Solar Shringar”. Huh? Yea Solar Shringar. I had no idea but with a little google research I found out that that is the breathtaking garment that women wear o their wedding day. You know the red and gold outfits with intricate stitching and the gorgeous makeup and jewels and as you might guess it includes a nose ring or nath with an ear to nose accessory? It’s  16 pieces of bridal jewelry and accessories that go on the body and clothing that is associated with Hindu women. Everything from the Nath with a chain to ear, to henna in hand and feet, toe rings, bindis, bangles and more was adopted from Rati, wife of Kamadeva, the God of Love which is basically the Indian Cupid. Rati was told to be the Goddess Lust and Infatuation. It’s an interesting story to google at 3am. But the quick story behind her is that they say she was a ugly woman and she basically did whatever tthe Goddess Lakshimi wanted and in turn she and was gifted the 16 Solar Shringar which made her irresistible no matter what her face looked like and married Cupid, the most handsome man in the legend. Anyways, The Maurya said that Hindus existed way before the Muslims, which are Munghals even existed so they did it first. But who did it better is my question? Naw I’m all seriousness all I see IMO, once again IN MY OPINION that may different and it is it does not invalidate yours. BUT that’s what happens when you gatekeep jewelry or culture because your small empire will eventually dwindle and stop sharing stories and traditions or they are lost in context through the years or it just dies down because not enough people kept it going gives another empire room to steal yoir tradition and profit it from it and never give credit where credit is due because only YALL know and wanted to keep it that way.By the way THAT is a sign of cultural appropriation, when you take something of another culture and pass it off as your own BUT ONCE AGAIN that is also what happens when people cultural gatekeep known to their culture or community. And hate keeping  is the act of controlling, or limiting general access to a tradition or way, or food or anything out if the norm for a particular person that’s not in their cultural or community so that no one can use it outside of the “normal” cultures that do. Several Articles say that the cultural gatekeepers that are holding in by a thread use it as a time to let someone know that it is theirs, you can’t mimic ever and if you don’t do as I say then I will harass you and tell you you are wrong until you stop doing it. And say that they don’t care who gave you the ok bc they don’t get to speak for an entire community or culture even though that is exactly what the other party is doing but that’s another topic for the blog. I can indentify what what the articles are saying  because I deal with at least once every couple of months. And I urge any culture to be careful and really do your research before you start throwing things around like that because it is serious in the new age AND not only that but TRUE CULTURAL APPRECIATION will help keep your culture alive and talked about which is the most important thing in my opinion because our ancestors is what shapes our lIves. But once again, that’s my opinion. But I will say that 98% of research does credit Munghal but I think it’s safe to say that the Maury’s empire started it but they Munghal empire knew how to market it. Hindu and Muslim wedding attire is similar in appearance  though and so do some African Tribes as well but I’ll get to them in a bit.

It’a no secret Indian women are best known for their Naths for their big day with the large gold hoop in their nose that is followed by usually gold or red or both colored beads and attaches to their ear. But it’s not just worn as a symbol of marriage in these different cultures . Women either pierce their left nostrils or both nostrils and wear "phul" (nostril studs) or "nath" (nose rings). Different cultures and religions use different definitions though. According to different sources  mmost Indian women will pierce their left nostril because it is associated with fertility and can even lower cramps in a menstrual cycle  and aide with pain during childbirth. In traditional Chinese culture It is said that the left side is associated with feminine energy and the right with male energy. But I think in western civilization it is widely known for a simple aesthetic to enhance someone’s appearance.  

 

 

African women wearing nose jewelry and traditional wedding attire

But they weren’t the only culture who adopted the practice of wearing nose jewelry for marriage or religious practices. The Nomadic Berber, indigenous to South Africa, specifiically Morocco and Beja Tribes that are mostly known for being indigenous to Northeast Africa, specifically scattered across. The desert regions of Sudan and Egypt. You can also credit many different tribal and warrior cultures as far back as 40,000 years that adorned themselves with nose jewelry.

African Tribes have been know to wear them as dowry, healing practices, beauty as well as a sign of respect or marriage and wealth. In some African countries, nose piercing are a rite of passage for teenagers. So as you can see nose rings do have a rich history and meaning across several cultures but whether it be worn to show wealth, marital or womanhood status, or used as an aesthetic in Western Civilization as a staple “add on” to an identity after learning about all the different cultures I was definitely even more inspired to make nose rings unique to Dasanni Speaks and love sharing the rich history behind it  I do my best to stay up to date as well.

Can anyone wear a nose cuff or nose ring?

In my opinion it depends on your intentions. Take the time and opportunity to educate yourself about nose rings. I am not here to stop you from buying my jewelry or anyone else. I am just here to make sure you know a little more about my jewelry before you leave my site. Nose rings are a staple in certain cultures but it has transformed into an amazing accessory but I do believe it is our job to educate ourselves on what we adorn ourselves with and pay respects to the cultures that made them accessible to us today. 

I have worn a nose chain in the past but mostly only to church to symbolize marriage. It was always interesting to educate people when they would start to say it was such a cool piece and tell the significance behind it and a little of the culture. With nose rings IMO, ANYONE CAN WEAR THEM, with nose chains just make sure you know the history behind them and then choose to purchase because someone may say something and when they do let em know what you learned from Dasanni Speaks

 

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