Out of various traditional dresses for Indian Woman on ceremonial and special occasions such as wedding, Saree is placed at number one. You talk of any community including Christians of Kerala; you will find saree as the most sought after dress among all Indian wedding dresses. It is worn by women of almost all cultures, religion and in all the climates.
Though there are various kinds of traditional dresses such as Lehenga Choli, Salwar Kameez etc. are also used as Indian wedding dresses but these are worn on other rituals of the marriage function. The main functions of marriage mostly take place in the saree as attire of the brides.
A long strip of cloth in four to nine metres long is known by different names in different states of India. For example, Kanchipuram Saree, Sambalpuri Saree, Banarasi Saree, Paithani Saree, Kavani and Mundu in Kerala, Pudavai in Tamil Nadu etc.
Combination With Peticot And Blouse
Saree is always worn in combination of a petticoat and a blouse. While the petticoat may be of single colour in matching of saree, the blouse necessarily has similar decoration and embroidery to that of saree. The design of blouse may be tailored according to the choice of woman wearing it. It may be backless, sleeveless, low neck, halter neck style, front open, back open style etc.
The main colour of saree used as Indian wedding dresses is red or pink or maroon depending on the choice of the bride. With the change of time and thinking pattern of people along with mixing of different cultures the saree of different colours such as blue, golden, cream colour, off-white, orange, brown, yellow, mixed colours etc. are also seen in use.
The traditional fabric of saree is cotton. But sarees used as Indian wedding dresses are mostly of made of silk. With the advancement of technology and new things coming into existence, you will be able to find the saree made of Georgette, tissue, satin, crepe etc.
You will find the wedding photography of many celebrities of the world; when they perform their marriage according to Indian culture and ceremonies, wear Indian wedding dresses and saree is most prominent among them.
Embroidery on Saree
Many dress designers have used their skills and commitment in designing new pattern of sarees and making it elegant. These have been with the use of ultimate use of embroidery and decorations. Various materials such as metals, threads and gotta, glass, wood, mirrors etc. with perfect combination and artisanship make the saree extra ordinary.
When a bride with her hands and feet decorated with henna patterns, body decrcated with high class and design jewellery and wearing saree comes to the venue (mandap) of marriage, all the eyes are glued on her. The different pattern of decorations on saree shine in the electric lights and the bride earns the praise as well as blessings of everyone present there.
There is a new tradition that even unmarried girls and friends of bride as well as maximum woman attending the wedding function prefer to wear saree only on the big day. So, presenting saree as gift shows your care and love towards your queen.