Jul 8 2016
India is home to many religions, cultures and traditions. Indian weddings are not only opulent in nature but also diverse in customs and rituals. This diversity is also visible in the wedding outfits and jewellery of Indian brides.
Maharashtra, one of the Indian states with a rich cultural heritage, has got a unique place in wedding fashion radar.
A Marathi bride usually selects the traditional leaf green or golden yellow Paithani saree. The traditional Maharashtrian saree is called Kasta and is 9 yards long (well don’t we call our sarees 6-yard of wonder). Because of its length, the saree is also called Nauvari - meaning nine yards.
Like the Kanchipuram sarees, Paithani sarees also has a very honourable position among the Indian weaves. Paithani is silk sarees with beautiful zari borders. They are also embellished with traditional motifs like peacocks, flowers, parrots, vines etc... A handwoven Paithani saree would take more than 2 months to complete.
The Maharashtrian Kasta is also draped differently than the usual 6-yard sarees. You will have to pull the Kasta out between your legs and then take the pallu on one side.
Like the saree, the bridal jewellery of a Maharashtrian bride is also different than the brides from other states.
Marathi brides love pearls the most. That is why most of their wedding ornaments are embellished with pearls. There are also some unique pieces of jewellery that are a must for the Maharashtrian brides. The pearl encrusted nath, tanmani, vaaki (armlet), Ambada (hair jewellery) Kolhapuri saaj etc are worn exclusively by Maharashtrian brides.
The ornament mundavalya is worn by both the bride and the groom. It is a string of pearls that is worn horizontally on the forehead and another set of pearl strings hang from the sides framing the face.
The mangalsutra, the symbol of married women, is also different from that of the other brides. It is a gold and black beaded necklace.
Like the North Indian brides' chooda - the red and white bangles - the Maharashtrian brides wear green glass bangles along with solid gold bangles which are called patlya and kadas. The green bangles are worn in odd numbers and in different numbers in both hands. According to Maharashtrian traditions, green represents fertility and prosperity.
Another important bridal jewellery is the jodvi or toe rings.They are usually made of silver and are gifted to the bride by her mother-in-law.