A belly chain or waist chain/Kamarbandh are the popular English terms for the Kamarband/Udiyanam, which is a type of body jewelry worn around the waist. Some belly chains attach to a navel piercing; these are also called “pierced belly chains”. They are often made of silver or gold. Sometimes a thread is used around the waist instead of a chain. A belly chain is a common adornment for belly dancers.
Belly chains/waist belt/Kamarbandh are common among women in India. In some regions waist chains are common among men as well. In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu every newborn receives a waist chain as a cultural pact.
The waist belt ,Belly chains or Kamarbandh is a stunning work of Indian craftsmanship. They are a visual delight and cherished pieces handed from one generation to another. Part of the glorious heritage of India, Kamarbandhs are a glorious reminder of the same, and hence very much worn by women.
Kamarbandh or waist belts are jewelry that is grand and exquisite. There is nothing subtle about the Kamarbandh; adorned with uncut diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls. Designs for gold belts with engraved patterns with a large central stone like a diamond, ruby or emerald makes a statement by itself. Kamarbandhs in the kundan style with meenakari on them with tasseled gold beads are collector’s items. Waist belts made with multiple chains that are gathered together at intervals with a single stone like a ruby or an emerald are stunning are in vogue and look beautiful when worn with silk sarees in traditional designs.
Belly Chains,Waist Chain or Kamarbandhs in ornate designs can be worn with outfits such as silk saris, lehengas and certain styles of churidar kurtas, like the Anarkali. The modern version of the waist belt can complement simple outfits like skirts, denim jeans or western evening wear.