India is a land defined by its diversities along the dimensions of religions, languages, regional cultures & allied influences and of course cuisines. Such a diversified spectrum offers a vibrant splash of the traditions and the followers feel these at their core. We have all therefore been very dedicated in upholding the values associated with these traditions. Special occasions like that of wedding witness the heights of such traditions and all care is taken to ensure the same. The manifestations are spread along the dimensions of groom’s and bridal dresses, the fooding and catering concepts, the jewellery and other fervorful customs. Bride being the central icon of the entire wedding ceremony has to look special and charming and therefore more of the emphasis remains on bridal costumes and jewellery. The groom is also equally special and celebrates the occasion of his life through the best attires.
Indian bridal dresses – a vibrant array in it!
Indian dresses are an array and as we have talked above about the rich Indian diversity, in the bridal costumes too, the zenith is tried to be achieved in individual cultural sub sectors here. The general trend in India has been in the favour of bridal sarees that are made exclusively in red to depict the suhaag. However, the regional textile influences are witnessed throughout. The south silk border sarees are more on elegance while the north Indian ones have beautiful artwork of the gold and silver wires (like in the famed Banarasi sarees). In the emergent context, we see the amalgamations evident and the bridal shopping is outstretched to include different specialties.
Bridal lehenga and cholis
Bridal lehenga is yet another distinguished icon of bridal dress and is being liked very much. The cinema of the yester decades has made this attire popular among the young girls. Simultaneously, the fashion industry has also pooled its wits and creativities to offer the genres and charms in favour of the bride. The finer attractions flow from the artwork that is performed on it. Colored glass beads are used along with the cubic zirconia to develop an appeal towards the wearer of it. In fact, the rate tags of lehengas are determined by the richness and density of the art work done on it. The decorative cholis are also carved in a customized manner and together these create the wholesome feel for the bride.
The bridal jewellery and makeup
The bridal jewellery is another segment and the focus is on gold jewellery that is now available in very fine designs. Apart from gold, precious stones and zirconia have emerged as the finest peripheral additions for the bride. The rising prosperities have enhanced the buying of bridal jewellery. While more of the jewelled adorations are being bought, the value addition through pearls, zirconia and imitation jewellery is also being done.
Wedding makeup is something that marks the beginning of the bridal adoration. In Indian culture, the bride’s makeup starts with the ‘ubtan’ that is a herbal paste of gram flour, turmeric and rose scent among other things that may vary from region to region! Ubtan is meant to purify and beautify the body of the bride and prepare her for the good life with her life partner.