The Kasumala is a necklace made by
stringing identical coins very
The Kasumala is also known as Kasu malai, Kanchanamala, Rupaiya har, Kasulaperu in Telugu and Kasu haram or Lakshmi sara in Kerala.
Each coin’s engraving could signify something different - the time period it was stamped, the auspiciousness of Goddess Lakshmi, or the beauty of flora and fauna.
The Kasumala is often in 22K gold (or greater), and is usually between 18-24 inches in length. It is made by stringing many identical coins together which overlap slightly. Some of these coins were part of trade, while some are specifically designed with special motifs of birds, prominent personalities like Queen Victoria or goddesses including Lakshmi.
ORIGIN & CONTENTIONS
One of the origins of the Kasumala was thought to have been initially made with gold coins issued by a Chola king in the name of a toddy drawer (sanar). The Sanar had secretly discovered some gold and was condemned to death. Before his execution, he was granted a last wish, that his name, Sanar Kasu, would be perpetuated by the issue of a pure gold coin. Stringing necklaces out of gold coins (or imitation) continues in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere in South India.