In Kathakali, the characters, being ancient in their origin, sports elaborate jewelry. The elaborate costumes in this dance are decorated with beads.
Each artist performing Kathakali wears ornaments full of beads over the shoulder. The jewelry includes necklace, bracelets, bangles, gold colored breastplates and a bunch of tiny bells tied to each ankle. Female characters are simpler in their costumes but more elaborate in their jewelry.