Friday, May 22, 2015

The Marwari Bride

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Jewellery- Tanishq Indian Wedding collection, Outfit- Anita Dongre

Lovingly addressed as Bindini by her in-laws, the Marwari bride is a sight of pure beauty and elevated elegance. The Marwari wedding that stretches over 5 days has the bride going from one vivid attire to another. Every occasion has a significant reason attached to it given which the bride is expected to dress as per tradition.  Be it the auspicious ‘Haldi’ ceremony, the inevitable ‘Mehendi’ ceremony or the extravagant ‘Mehfil ‘ sangeet, the bride is a stunning sight all throughout.  The opulent Marwari wedding is further enhanced by the gorgeous bride making it a celebration worth remembering.

During the first 3 days, she may make you believe that she cannot look any better but wait until you finally see her on the wedding day. Dressed in a lehenga-choli in hues of red, pink, orange and yellow, with a chunni covering her head, she can brighten up the room with her vivaciousness. With the lehenga is laden with gorgeous gold embroidery and some traditional gota patti work.She also has to wear a Mama chundri  during her pheras which is given to her specifically for this ritual by her maternal uncle. Her jewellery is just as opulent as her outfit including the traditional Chuda, which is a set of red and white bangles worn especially for the wedding. The bichiya (toe ring),  borla (head gear),  nath (nose ring) and payal (anklet) are considered to be synonymous with a married  Marwari woman and are forever remembered as precious treasures by the bride herself.

She is also seen wearing gorgeous Jadau jewellery on her wedding day. Rajasthan is known for its handcrafted jewellery with meenakari work on the back side of the pieces. Layered neckpieces, exaggerated earrings, rings and a lot of bangles, complete the wedding look. The bride also wears a piece to take forth the heritage of her family, something that has been passed on from her grandmother to her mother and now to her. It’s usually a precious piece of jewellery in the form of a haath phool, a jadau bangle or a raani haar.  All in all, just like any other bride, she is all set to walk into her new phase of life with sheer elegance and lots of love.

 Images by Jaina Kumar

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