Oct 8 2018
The influx of Western gowns or the North Indian lehengas or kurtas and salwars have not created any type of troubles to the traditional wedding attire choice of the South Indian brides. Sarees with its golden borders, fascinating colours and embellishments have always been a first choice of the South Indian brides.
The infiltration of the Western and other non-traditional wares into the South Indian culture has in fact given it a special and more elegant status among the South Indian women. Unlike the gowns and heavy lehenga cholis the sarees clings to every figure in a pretty and elegant way. That must be one of the many reasons the South Indian brides still prefer sarees over any other trends.
Indian women have been wearing sarees for thousands of years even since Indus Valley civilisation. The draping and materials may have evolved in these years but the basic idea of wearing saree is still alive. It can be worn in a different way to show your attitude and style sense. It can be a traditional wear and at the same time, it can be worn as a glamorous and sexy party wear.
There are also various kinds of sarees available in South India preferred by the brides. Among them, Kancheepuram still holds the royal tag. The graceful and elegant silk sarees produced in the little town of Kanchipuram in the state of Tamil Nadu has given it a prominent name in the world. The weavers here are considered as the most excellent silk saree producers in the world.
Other famous varieties of sarees the South Indians prefer are Konrad or Temple sarees, Mysore, Pochampally, Molakalmuru, Mangalagiri, Uppada, Balarampuram etc...
Konrad is a hand-woven variety originated in Tamil Nadu. They are also known as Temple sarees as it were originally woven for deities. They have wide borders and motifs inspired by nature such as elephants, peacocks, rivers etc... They are usually available in traditional colours such as browns off-whites and more earthy colours.
Mysore silks as the name indicate originated in Mysore region of Karnataka and like the Kancheepuram sarees they are also considered as one of the purest forms of silk. Mostly the body of the Mysore silk sarees is plain and the pallu will have exquisite designs. Molakalmuru is also a saree variety from Karnataka.
Pochampally sarees are from the Telangana state (former part of Andhra Pradesh). The speciality of the Pochampally sarees is the distinct geometric patterns in ikat style of dyeing. Another variety of saree is Puttapaka saree, also from Telangana. Mangalagiri saree weaving technique which originated in Andhra Pradesh is about 500 years old.
Uppada sarees are a very famous for its hand weaving style and it is from Andhra Pradesh. This silk saree variety is famous for its lightweight style.
Not all South Indian brides wear colourful silk sarees for their wedding. The brides, especially the Hindu brides from Kerala wear Mundum Neryathum - a two piece white saree with gold borders. Balaramapuram region of Kerala is famous for the hand-woven Mundum Neryathum.
A traditional silk saree not only gives the bride an elegant look, unlike the Western gowns and heavy lehengas a silk saree could be used further in a bride’s life such as for any special occasions. Another major advantage of a saree over the gowns and lehengas is that your weight fluctuations after marriage won't affect the saree draping.