India’s diversity leads to the spice of life- variety. A variety of styles are followed as to how the saree is worn. The same is applicable for wedding sarees in different cultures of India. Every culture makes for a unique rendering of the saree which calls for a different taste in draping, fabric, embroidery or the lack thereof, etc. Given the importance of the occasion in the life of a lady, it becomes a dream as much as a ritual. Here are a few ways the weddings sarees are worn across India:
Bengali weddings are known for their pomp and gusto and exuberance is key in the bride’s attire as well. The Bengali brides have a tradition of being partial to shades of silk crimson and maroon, and pastel shades of red, with silver or gold ‘zari embroidery’ around the edges and borders of the blouse and saree. A majestic red ‘bindi’ is customary along with the common Indian tradition of the ‘maang tikka’ which hangs slightly above the forehead. Platinum ornaments with cobalt hued stones on both contemporary styles to go with the sarees.
The Assamese style of dressing the bride in a traditional outfit called the ‘mekhola chador’ is part of the ritual. The ‘mekhola chador’ usually comes in a light, cream colored hue with gold embroidery accentuating the borders. Fractal embroidery work adorns the saree, substituting for the lack of heavy make-up which is common in an Assamese bride’s attire. The jewelry accessorizing the bride is kept minimal except for the few wrist and neck pieces that are traditional, along with the ‘maang tikka’ which hangs from her fringe, below the hood of the ‘chador’.