The Use of a Toran in Home Décor

Use of a Toran

For many people, home décor begins at the doorway, and that is where they often hang interesting looking dhokla racks, shoe racks and welcome mats to make guests feel like they are entering a special place. And to add a religious touch, some also keep a toran. A toran, sometimes called a bandarwal or patra-torana, is a type of hanging that is hung above the threshold of a temple or house, to receive the blessings of God every time the door is swung open.

It is believed that the toran, which can be an elaborately embroidered fabric banner that is decorated with Hindu symbols or just a few auspicious mango leaves threaded onto a simple string, showers goodwill on the house and on each person who enters it. And torans can be quite pretty, as in the ones pictured above that are made out of fabric and embellished with traditional motifs such as peacocks and elephants. But they can also be more understated as in this toran that looks a bit like a curtain pelmet or valence and is used to decorate the kitchen nook of floral designer Nicolette Camille’s Brooklyn apartment, where it defines and elevates what would otherwise be a rather basic space.

The more modest toran, also known as bandarwal, are usually woven from natural green mango leaves and marigold flowers and are in great demand during festival seasons and on auspicious occasions. But there are new-age torans that are made out of printed or dyed fabrics in various vivid colours that can be hung on the doors of homes, offices and other Vastu entrances.

The Use of a Toran in Home Décor

Besides being beautiful to look at, these contemporary torans have a few advantages when it comes to improving the energy of a space and helping in the prevention of negative energies. For one, the toran’s vibrant colours are thought to provide colour therapy and aid in mind relaxation. Plus, the leaves that are woven into the toran have the ability to absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen, so they help improve air quality.

Torans are part of Hindu tradition and have been used since Puranic times. According to legend, it was Murugan who insisted that garlands be tied using mango leaves, as they symbolise a healthy crop and fertility.

While it is not mandatory to hang a toran in every household, they are an easy way to bring some traditional Hindu decor into the living room and enhance the aesthetics of any space. You can even use them to adorn your pooja rooms and other places of worship. And the best thing is that they can also make for an excellent gift for festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions.

In the realm of home décor, the Toran stands out as a cultural and aesthetic gem. Originating from South Asian traditions, particularly in Hindu and Jain households, the Toran is a decorative door hanging that symbolizes prosperity and welcome. Typically crafted with vibrant fabrics, beads, and embroidery, Torans add a splash of color and cultural richness to doorways.

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