Bridal Musings Across Ethnicity


Indian weddings are a celebration of the union of two families which is relished with huge fanfare across the country. With endless rituals and ceremonies to authentic traditional cuisine, elaborate decor and drama followed by the quintessential bridal trousseau. While Indian brides are extremely picky about their fashion choices and sartorial sarees, lehengas dominate their bridal check-list, jewelry and accessories play an indispensable role too. The wonderful melange of different ethnicity and cultural clans disperse the traditional garments in a different fashion. The buzzing trend of Big Indian Royal weddings has led to the brides being even more selective. The picturesque backwaters to colorful drapes of deserts and oriental beauty of Taj Mahal, it all reflects the sheer grace of our bridal aesthetics. Though the lehenga is considered to be an auspicious garment in the Indian culture, all thanks to the Mughal rulers, the queens adorned in heavily ostentatious lehenga choli that was passed on to generations and today it symbolizes an important part of the bridal trousseau. Let’s take a ride of bridal musings across different ethnicity and learn about their cultural bridal attire.

Maharashtrian Bride

The beauty of Maharashtrian bride lies in the details of their gorgeous yellow and gold colored authentic traditional Paithani saree. The bride wears this nine-yard saree without the petticoat or sheer lineage within, in a fun trouseresque way. It is believed that Pathanis bring good luck and prosperity to the bride and her family. The bride also dons a nath (nose ring) which is made of pearls and the science says these stones have a calming effect on the wearer. The bride also stacks an array of odd-numbered green glass bangles embellished with gold details which are symbolic of prosperity and fertility. The Paithani sarees are known for their exquisite design motifs and peacocks are by far the most popular designs. The value of the saree, in essence to the girl’s family is often measured by the number of peacocks embroidered on the Paithani sarees which must be around 9 to 12. The brides do not cover their heads; however, it is a must to adorn the crowning glory with carnations and gajra for a traditional look. They further wear Mundavlya which is an elaborate pearl embellished accessory worn across the forehead which means that the woman is ready to step into the mandap.

Malayali Brides

Everything from fragrant jasmine, off-white Kasavu saree and all gold glitzy perfectly sums up any Malayali bride, no matter if she is Hindu or Catholic, mostly Malayali brides are noticeable from a distance. Thanks to their gorgeous appealing looks complimented with embellished jewelry that reflect the beautiful soul. Kanjeevaram sarees are worn by a majority of women for auspicious occasions of all ages. However, the bridal saree has a broad gold border which makes her stand out from the crowd. Moreover, the bride further adorns the Palakka necklace which is a graceful melange of pearls and green stones, this heirloom piece is given to the bride alongwith the saree. The brides do not cover their heads but embellish their hair strands with jasmine buds for a visual treat. Also, these brides are expected to layer with gold for it brings prosperity and good fortune to the bride and her family endeavors. However, no gold is worn below the waist and mostly, brides stack their gold embellished bangles for a pretty as a portrait look. They also slip a kamarpatta on their pleats that gives a brief view of the sides, unlike the Tamilian brides who adorn this as a statement jewelry over the saree like a belt to accentuate their curves.

Gujarati Brides

These stunning brides adorn the front pallu style Gujrati sarees which are also called as Panetar sarees. There are two variants of Gujarati bridal ensemble: Panetar and Ghachola sarees which are of utmost importance, while the former is given to the bride from the maternal side, Gharchola sarees are given to the bride from the in-law’s side. The Gujrati bride straddles in the best of both worlds as she drapes the Panetar saree featuring the gold embroidered motifs throughout, with the red border and zari work. Gharchola sarees are the red dyed with gold motifs in a grid pattern. This kind of embroidered technique is made in the region of Khambat in Gujarat. Patola sarees are also considered to be equally vivacious and mosty Gujarat brides embrace Patan Patola artwork for their big day.

Tamilian Brahmin Bride

The gorgeous brides dip in the gold treasure complimented with Kanjeevaram sarees with a thick gold border to channel the exotic look. The temple Kundan jewelry adorned by the bride in her ears, neck, and hands look oh-so-graceful. Add to that, the bride compliments her look with Chandrakala and suryakala embellished jewellery, a thick gold kamarpattam (saree belt made with gold which is worn over pleats and pallu) a jadai nagam (gold embellished chord adorned on the braid of the bride), chotti Vattam(a maang tikka made of gold) alongwith the arm band. The Iyers take the drape on the right while the Iyengers prefer to drape it on the left.

Kashmiri Bride

As stunning and breath-taking as the place, these brides look effervescent in their traditional long pheran, which is a long detachable outfit hanging down beneath the knees. They also wear their auspicious skull top caps draped with a pallu which bring the feminine look effortlessly. Palav, Lhungi, Taranga, pheran are quite the popular traditional attires for the bride due to their bewildered and dazzling appeal. Dejhoor is a long pair of heavy danglers which is crafted with intricate details tailored to unleash the sheer beauty of a Kashmiri bride.

Bengali Bride

These sweetest and absolutely mellow, artsy light-hearted folks adorn the hues of red Benarsi Brocade sarees for their D-day. Bengali’s bride adorns their signature white and red colored Benarsi sarees with a beautiful traditional ivory mukut on their crown as a part of their ritual. Moving forward, their gold jewelry compliments the dusky beauty, embroidered zari and kantha work will further accentuate the elegance of their traditional work. In the modern day, Bengali brides incorporate trendy designer lehenga choli with the graceful hues to add that touch of poise and finesse.

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