The traditional silver jewelry of an Odissi dancer. Odissi - a form of Indian Classical Dance - is known for its feminine movements, combined with sharp footwork and expressive abhinaya (story-telling).
The traditional Odissi costume is sewn out of an Oriya Bomkai silk sari, and is worn with filigree silver jewelry and ghungroos, or dancing bells. Each piece of jewelry - the headpieces, earrings, arm bands, necklaces, and belts, are an important part of the entire costume.
"Kadal Kanni: Was inspired to draw a South Asian mermaid after looking at Southeast Asian paintings of mermaids from the Ramayana epic, in which merfolk were deployed to destroy the bridge that Rama was building to Lanka.1 According to tradition, this bridge started in Rameswaram in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.2 Character’s accessories inspired by (but not claiming to be accurate representations of) jewelry from Tamil Nadu. Fishes based on fish species from the waters of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka." [Wolfberry]