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.