Modernity has visibly influenced the festival of Raksha Bandhan and modern industry has made possible the innumerable forms of rakhis available in the market. Actually, even a few decades back, it had been inconceivable to either find for sale, or afford to get the different forms of rakhis which are within easy reach today. And behind this revolution of beauty in forms of rakhis is the contribution of modern industrial practices and transnational economics.
Traditional kinds of rakhis were made exclusively of natural material like cotton, silk, flowers, or sandalwood. With the progress of civilization and metallurgy, the influx of kinds of rakhis available available in the market has increased and brought joy to seller and buyer alike. Unlike most other social festivals, goods associated with the Rakhi celebration have both increased in variety and have be affordable.
Besides traditional types of rakhis like flower, cotton, silk, or sandalwood rakhis, the initial type that became immensely popular were Zari rakhis. Zari rakhis use the standard metallic zari threads to create the rakhis along with the central motifs. The glitz of zari brings both a traditional along with artistic feel to the rakhi.
Moulis and Kalavas are sacred Hindu threads which are employed for rites and rituals and also for Raksha Bandhan in many areas of the country. Besides these traditional kinds of Rakhis, the current Rakhi contains an assortment of materials to generate things of beauty. Even traditional rakhis like those created from beads or stones have be much more polished and definitely attained better looks.
When mentioning the forms of rakhis, it will be an injustice not to mention the fine works of art developed by jewelers for the Indian nobility over the ages. Indian nobility, each time they could afford or had capable jewelers accessible, have spent to have rakhis made from gold or silver thread or gold/silver coated rakhis. Besides showing affluence, such rakhis also embodied the appreciation between brother and sister. However, the affluent look is easily reproduced today in rakhis by modern tools without going to along spending for noble metals or jewelry work.