Poo jadai model - a simple design
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Poo jadai designs / Poo jadai for bride
A traditional poo jadai for marriage
Another important and simple traditional flower decoration of hair that can be done for wedding, seemantham ( valikappu or baby showers ) is the vanki pinnal using the vanki pinnal needle or oosi. When we were young we used to get it easily and it was made from tin. We tried in various cities including Chennai, Tiruchirapalli, Madurai and Kumbakonam but could not get it. Finally a sample was made from chemical clay and I tried a simple decoration using fresh flowers and artificial flowers and the result is quite encouraging. The flower or flowers is / are placed on the top of the pleat and needle is inserted and pulled the other side, the needle comes out and the flowers stay in the hair. The step by step procedure is shown in the images below. Traditionally it is done using mullai flowers ( Arabian jasmine ).
Traditional poo jadai for bride - vanki pinnal for wedding
The images below show a traditional vanki pinnal made from mullai flowers. The pinnal is more beautiful when we use the buds of the flower. We can use one or two buds. The hair plait is made tight with three strands as usual. Using the vanki pinnal needle ( since the traditional one is not available I made one with artificial clay ) take two buds and insert the needle in the gaps of the braid or plait and when the needle is drawn out the flowers stay in the hair. Young girls used this flower decoration for their hair during Navratri festival. It was a very traditional Navratri decoration idea a few decades back. I do not know whether it is being followed any where at present. It is also used to decorate the Goddess during Varlakshmi Vratha ( Habba ) celebrations.
Mullai poo decoration
Another close up view of poo jadai model
Since it is weightless we can use it for seemantham decoration or valaikappu make up
Bridal jadai alankaram ideas for plaits
Nandiyavattai poo jadai alangaram | traditional round flower arrangement tutorialNandiyavattai poo particularly the buds are used in flower decorations for bridal hair also called poo jadai alangaram. Of course as I have said earlier these decorations can also be used for Navaratri or Varalakshmi Vratham Puja decoration ideas
This particular technique showed in the images below is by tying two flowers at a time. A knot is tied to the first flower , then the second and first are tied together, then the third and second and so on. The knot is by using the traditional method of making knots. The flowers tied are formed into a circle, the ends tied and excess string is cut off. This can be tied to bridal hair separately or with other decorations with artificial stones.
The image shows the string tied to the first flower to hold