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Maang’s on the map

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jun 02, 2013 01:02 IST
Snigdha Ahuja
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What’s new about maang tikkas? Nothing except the globe is getting on the swag wagon and rocking myriad versions of the desi headgear. The most recent example being of Hollywood socialite Paris Hilton, who was spotted at a party during the Cannes festival, where she paired an elaborate tikka headpiece with her floor-grazing gown. While it’s tricky to do the ethnic piece with western wear, you can now take a cue from the blond beauty.

When tradition calls
Traditionally, the tikka has a long history to it, as it essentially evokes the mythical concept of the third eye, with the stringed piece of jewellery resting at the Ajna (or sixth) chakra. From combining the spiritual energies of the genders to strengthening the power of intuition, there’s a lot you can read about it.

The crossover craze
From singer Alicia Keys to actor Natalie Portman, the maang tikka has been sported by many, and most Hollywood divas have successfully carried off the look. With international websites marketing the pieces under exotic hair clips/ head gear, even calling it Bollywood style jewellery, the maang tikka, in its revamped avatar, is making news.

Paris Hilton paired her floor-grazing dress with a traditional three stringed maang tikka that added oomph to her look.

Designer Manish Arora’s collection for Paris Fashion Week Spring 2013 and Amrapali incorporated eye-catching jewellery, including this gold leopard maang tikka. You can buy it on

Remember Deepika Padukone’s look in the song, Second Hand Jawani, from the film Cocktail? If you ever want to style a tikka with a sari, her way is the way to go. Do a dainty kundan one or a single, simple ruby stud.

The Chanel Paris-Bombay Metiers d’Art show was a unique display of Karl Lagerfeld’s vision of the country. This piece can be a DIYer’s dream. You need a flat pendant, or a jhumki and a similar coloured neck chain.

When in the country, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese wore a simple tikka with a bindi drop. If you want to do something similar, avoid imitating the pairing. As pretty as she looks, the matching earrings are an overkill.

Serpentine Sauciness
Elizabeth Taylor will remain, for generations to come, a fashion icon like no other. In her unforgettable role as Cleopatra in the film of the same name, released in 1963, Taylor’s look is remembered for her elaborate headgear. One memorable style moment was the one where she sported this serpent tikka. Dare to imitate? Stay away from the stick-on variety (tacky alert), and check out or other websites that can give you options. Costume-y versions are easier to find.

Desi maal, Foreign chaal
A dollar high take on our ethnic staple, this, Gold Beaded Crystal Tikka Headpiece, as the site calls it, is available for R1,360 at
London’s also cashing in on the tikka. The, Statement Gem hair Tikka and Ear Stud, can be bought for R1,085 from
It’s called the Austrian Crystal Chunky Silver 3-way Fringe Headpiece (go figure) and is available at at R4,130
This one’s named the Greek Goddess Tri Headband. Like it? At, it’s available for only R370