Tuesday, 18 May 2010
"I can't write; Jane's bracelets are putting me off.
Can you stop them jangling please?"
That was the polite request I got from one of the members of my prison writing group today.
And yes they do jangle.
Another prisoner who originates from India was telling me why Hindu women wear bracelets.
He told me that it is customary for men to take their wives to their father's house after they marry.
Once a woman is married she wears bracelets so the sounds can be heard by male members of the household and alert them to her presence so they can ensure they do not behave in an indiscreet manner.
He told me that most of the bangles the women wear in India are made of glass.
I am not sure whether it is true or not - the prisoners tell me lots of things that aren't true which is what makes them great storytellers - but I like the idea.
Today I wore:
Boots - Clarks
Jeans - Top Shop
Vest and necklace - Dorothy Perkins
Jacket - french Connection
Bangles - Top Shop and H & M