Wedding is considered to be the most important day in our Indian culture. There are many fashion trends that have reversed back from 80’s and 90’s to hold a strong position in 21st century. Fashion comes and fades away, but there are some trends in the Indian society, which has still not changed nor will ever change in the upcoming eras. What have changed are their designs and patterns with some more intriguing colours. These Indian Accessories reflect the rich culture and heritage of our country. Let’s check out 6 types of shringar which is essential for an Indian women to make her look more ornate and elegant.
1. Maang Tikka
Our fashion designers have successfully pulled this trend from Indian wedding ceremonies to their runway, which is making its own identity and has proved itself to be considered among one of the important shringar for an Indian woman. Maang Tikka traces back its history in medieval periods painting where men and women both were seen with an accessory similar to Maang Tikka, after which it was considered as a primary ornament. Usually you have to make a centre hair part, where the Maang Tikka rest and hangs between both the eyebrows. It also represents to be the ‘teesri ankh’ for a woman. Maang Tikka gives the bride a delicate and a beautiful look.
Kamarband is also known as waistband, which is usually worn around the waist. The design and pattern differs from north to south. The kamarband worn in North is mostly a chain type which has small dangling flowers or any other designs hanging. Whereas in south, it is mostly chain type and is golden in colour. Kamarband can be worn around lehenga or saree which makes the outfit look complete. The history traces back to the Raja Rani era, where the queens would wear kamarband around their waist on their lehengas to show their power and status.
Kallire is an important part of a north Indian wedding. It is an umbrella shaped hanging accessory which is tied with the chooda by the bride’s sisters. There is a traditional practice followed with kallire in every Punjabi wedding. The ritual goes as – the bride hits the kallire against each other amongst her sisters and friends, on whom the kallire falls is considered to be next bride. Kallire is mostly golden or silver in colour.
Also known as Bindu in Sanskrit, earlier it was considered that, a bride is incomplete without a bindi on her forehead. And so far the tradition says the same. Bindi is a dot or drop on the forehead between the eye brows, it is also considered the third eye for a women. Bindi provides the women with self-confidence, support and respect. Bindi is mostly red and maroon in colour during wedding. Why Red and maroon is because it is colour to represent honour, love and prosperity. It symbolises a married women according to Indian myths and tradition.
5. Chooda or Bangles.
Chooda or bangles are the next mandatory ornament for a woman. Maharastrian bride may wear green bangles, whereas a Punjaban bride will have chooda on her hands. For a Maharastrian bride, green is the mandatory colour whereas people have raised above the bright red coloured chooda these days. They can be orange, maroon with white ivory bangle mixed. Rationally they are 21 on count and are covered with white cloth so that the bride does not see till her marriage.
This is a special jewelled hairpiece designed for a Muslim bride. This is considered to be the most compulsory accessory to be worn during ‘Nikah’. It is a sign of blessings from their elders, relatives and friends for the bride. It is also a type of Muslim tikka, but addressed to be a jhoomar tikka in Muslim wedding because it has a jhoomar like structure and shape. It also adds grace and charm to the bride’s look overall.
Hope you found this post useful and found the importance and elegance of the bride’s appearance in Indian wedding.
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