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Brides of extreme down south
Apart from idli dosas, coconuts, the hot summers, the sea coast and the intelligent, intellectual people. Chennai or down south is also know for one more thing, NO, not the gold they exchange in marriages but the “marriages” themselves are a treat to the eyes.
There nothing as glorious and boisterous as a Tamil bride and her wedding. For the ceremony the bride is extremely pampered. The Tamil people love women with curves and full-fledged body, stop imagining the ladies dancing on heavy tracks of the movies. The brides look healthy and happier during their wedding. The atmosphere for the bride is amazingly cheerful and full of life. There is no start or end to the brides’ joys. The brides of down south follow many rituals and customs during the course of the wedding.
The Tamil weddings are more pompous and loud. The bride is looked after very well and all her favorite dishes are made.
The bride is flooded with many unique gifts. The shopping for the bride during the wedding is end-less, in every country and in every religion.
The various ceremonies for the bride are conducted in series. The last days of the bride at her home are kept in mind and each of her desire and craving is fulfilled. The bride is given top most importance. Each of her aunt, uncle, brother, cousin and almost everybody pampers the bride with lovely saris, her favorite items and sweets and many items.
The Haldi and Mehendi
The wedding ceremonies are elaborate and are carefully made for the bride’s benefit. To make the bride flawless for the wedding in series of ceremonies she is smeared with oil and haldi and sandalwood and bathed in rose water and purified water. She is fed with different sweets and savories. Many edible items are made for her to take away to her in-laws house. The bride is well fed with items made up of pure ghee and traditional delicacies
Tamil brides go for basic make-up but wear a great amount of jewelry that decorated every part of her body.
Mehendi is also applied according to her desire. Brides’ friends also play a very important role as they help her in every aspect.
The bride appears captivating and pretty on her wedding day, as it is most auspicious and best day of her life, undoubtedly. Tamil brides have the most colorful weddings in silk style.
The 9 yard “Madisar”
There are various styles in which the bride can wear her sari. The Iyengar and iyer brides wear the traditional 9-yard sari the “madisar” style which is customary and makes the brides look cute. The madisar style of draping the sari is a little complicated than draping a 6- yard sari but the 9 yard is extremely comfortable and makes the brides look more gorgeous.
The silk saris that the iyengar and iyer brides wear are in magnificent hues of greens, maroons, reds with heavy gold zari and buta work. The heavy zari part comes in the front around below knee-area.
The other Tamil brides may opt for the 6 yard saris that are available in combination with colors such as green and red, maroon and green. Many brides opt for major white color sari with red, maroon or green border that stands out beautifully.
Many young brides go for deep green color with golden thread work on it. And with the designers coming up with lovely combination of colors the brides have a wide range of variety to choose from.
The Jewelry- A whole lot of gold
The brides wear extremely heavy saris and adorn themselves with stunning jewels, ancestral pieces of gold and temple jewelry. The neck pieces are huge and heavy made of gold and studded with precious stones like rubes and emeralds and topaz, etc.
The neck wear are also made up of only pure gold with various royal designs that shine on the bride and make her glow.
The bride is decorated with a special kind of neck wear that is made up of small sized gold coins. The bride can also wear huge neck pieces made up of precious stones and pearls. The Tamil brides are extremely fond of gold and wear excessive heavy gold jewelry.
Tamil brides plait their hair to full length and a nice dangling piece made of golden threads is added at the end of the plait. The brides wear various accessories on their plait and on their head they wear “surya” and “Chandra” made up of gorgeous stones. The brides wear “vanki” on their fore arms and mukuthi which shines on their nose, each on the right,left and also centre. The brides are decorated with “oddiyanam” which is the waist band that is made up of gold and many precious stones are bejeweled in it.. Her fore head is adorned wih “nethi” and she wears shining gold bangles in combination with green glass bangles. The bride also wears numerous types of jewelry.
The brides wear their hair differently depending upon which clan they belong to. The iyengar and iyer brides wear “kondu” i.e. they tie a bun on one side their head which is clearly visible from front and it is decorated with flowers and decorated with a special gold accessory.