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A Gajra is a flower garland which women in South Asia wear during festive occasions, weddings or as part of everyday traditional attire. They are made usually of varies types of jasmine flowers but rose, crossandra and barleria are also widely used in gajras. It can be worn both on the bun and with the braid coiling. Women in South Asia usually wear them with traditional attire. It is also worn on the wrist by women in South Asia mainly during festive occasions and weddings.
The gajra is an ornament that is purely meant to decorate a hairstyle and does not generally aid in holding a bun in place. Gajra also refers to type of pearl workmanship done on jewelry in south Asia.
Historically, jasmine gajra has been worn around hair bun, Gupta Empire.
Green Tara with jasmine gajra around hair bun. ca. 11th century A.D.
Kuchipudi dancer with gajra.
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