India has always been big on traditions and customs. In fact they are the true essence of India. Each Indian state has its own set of rituals, customary food and clothes that make them unique. Many such cultures are slowly dying with people opting for modern alternatives. For the revival of said beautiful customs and practices, we have put together a list of breath taking traditional Indian bridal dresses.
Nargis Fakhri in Rockstar dressed as a typical Kashmiri Bride in the complete attire. The brides wear a loose fitting shirt known as the Pheran which is most suitable for the cold climate. Indian bridal dresses such as these are accessorised with jewellery and a head gear known as the Kasaba which is a piece of cloth. The Kasaba is embroidered and embellished with silver trinkets that hang on the forehead.
The Kanjeevaram Sari
A traditional Tamil bride wears a beautiful and elegant 9 yard Kanjeevaram silk Sari in bright colours and brocade work. Heavy traditional jewellery like the Oddiyanam or waist belt, Nethichutty or maang tika, Vanki or arm band and Maangamalai a mango shaped necklace is worn.
Most Muslim brides opt for a very traditional Indian dress called the ‘Gharara’. The Gharara originated in Lucknow during the era of Nawabs. It consists of a kurti, dupatta and wide legged pants that are ruched at the knees and flare gracefully. Indian bridal dresses such as these are the epitome of elegance.
Princess Mehrun-nisa of Rampur is seen dressed up as a typical Muslim bride with the traditional gharara and jewellery like the Mathapatti and Jhumar. In most Ghararas, the kurti is left plain while the dupatta is wrought with heavy brocade, and embroidery. The flared pants are paid the most attention ranging from chiffon, to Kamkhab and Benarasi material with intricate zari and zardozi work.
A Maharashtrian bride is incomplete with the traditional Indian dress, Paithani. Paithani is a silk sari hand-woven in Aurangabad. They have detailed patterns and motifs like the border has oblique and slanting patterns while the pallu usually has a peacock made on it. Traditionally, the brides only wore yellow and golden Paithanis for their Indian bridal dresses, but over the years the colours blue and green have increased in popularity. The jewellery is somewhat heavy with a gold choker and several other long necklaces, traditional Marathi jhumkas, mango shaped nose rings and a bajuband or armband.
The Mekhla Chadar
The traditional wedding dress of Assam is the Mekhla Chadar an off white or cream sari made of Muga silk. It is characterized by striking golden silk embroidery all over the sari. It actually consists of three different pieces of clothing meticulously draped so that it distinctly resembles a sari. The traditional Assamese jewellery is called the Jun Biri which is handmade wrought with coloured stones and is half-moon shaped. The Maang tika is a very important element of these Indian bridal dresses, as it has typical Assamese motifs.
Be beautiful. Be opulent. Go traditional with your Indian bridal dresses!