Examples of simple belts/girdles used to secure the sari at the waist. The more common regional terms for the kanci are kayabandh/kamar bandh in the north, oddiyanam in Tamil Nadu. where it is commonly used in dance costumes, mekhala etc.

Pics: 1. A painting of a dancer by MV Dhurandhar 2) A Lala Deen Dayal photograph. 3. TP Rajalakshmi [X] 4) Balasaraswati photographed by Marilyn Silverstone.

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