Mangalsutra: This is the thread that binds a woman forever to her husband. The mangalsutra is not as universal as the sindoor. Women from the Eastern parts of India do not wear it. Every community has its own kind of mangalsutra but it is always made of gold and black beads. The black beads of a mangalsutra are supposed to ward of the evil eye. At is also for the ‘mangal’ or ‘wellbeing’ of a woman’s husband.
Thali: This is the South Indian equivalent of a mangalsutra. It is primarily made of a cotton thread. In case of Tamilians the thread is yellowed with turmeric. It contains many other elements like coral, black beads etc.