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February 2013

Bridal Fashion,

Indian Bridal Wear – A Celebration of Life

The Importance of Marriage According to Indian Philosophy:

As some people say, Indian wedding functions are the best example of reflection of Indian culture and tradition. The Indian wedding function is an elaborate ritual, consisting of pre marriage, the marriage proper and post marriage rituals. The Indian Bridal Wear plays a significant role in the marriage function. Indian Bridal Wear is certainly a celebration of life because marriage, according to Indian tradition is an everlasting relationship between the couple. The bride walks into her new life with all pomp and gaiety amid chanting of religious verses and the blessing of all the elders present in the function and therefore the marriage is a celebration of life according to Indian philosophy.

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Elaborate Bridal Dress:

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The Indian Bridal wear requires elaborate arrangements naturally it is made by the bride’s parents and relatives. These include saree, appropriate blouse, hairstyle, facial, jewelry and what not. The bride with her flawless appearance gently walks to aisle like an angle; it would be a pleasant event to watch. The Bridal wear starts with Silk sarees. In fact according some of the Indian customs, the bride is expected to wear white silk saree for the marriage proper. However, some of the customs prescribe red color. Except for the marriage proper, normally the color of the saree would not be an issue. Interestingly, according to some of the Indian customs, the bride changes her bridal dress with each ritual. Naturally, the jewelry also would change, with the change in the saree. According to Indian tradition, even the relatives of the bride and the groom would wear silk saree for the marriage. Particularly in South India, in most of the marriage functions even young girls prefer silk sarees as against Salwar Kameez. However according to traditional Indian families, in marriages black saree or even black blouse is not worn by anyone including the relatives of the bride or the groom.

Bridal Dress For The Marriage Reception:

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In so far reception for the marriage is concerned, the bridal dress takes special significance. Some of the brides prefer designer Salwar Kameez, specially made for the marriage reception. But, by and large most of the brides prefer sarees for the reception as well. Generally, reception saree would be as expensive and in some cases much expensive than the saree for the marriage proper. It is needless to mention that facial and the hairstyle for the reception would be different and it goes along with the saree the bride has chosen.

Role of Henna:

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Since the recent past Henna has become a part of every marriage even in South India. In North India women wear Henna on their palm and it is a part of the marriage ritual but in South India wearing Henna is not a part of the marriage ritual; but it has now become a part of women decorating themselves for the marriage. Women adorning the jewelry are a common sight in Indian marriages.

By and large, the Bridal dress for the Indian marriage is region based. As said earlier, the color of the saree, the jewelry and hairstyle are based on the custom and tradition. Marriage in India is a spectacular event. This is a true reflection of Indian tradition and the rich Indian culture and heritage.

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How to Dress For Casual Indian Occasions

India is a country rich in tradition and has value based culture. As you would be aware, in India there are dress codes for various occasions. The dress code for Casual Indian Occasion depends on the function you are planning to attend. For example, the dress code for religious function would be different as against marriage engagement function. If it is a birthday party, you would have different dress preferences. Before you decide on which casual dress you should wear for the function, you must also know who could be the invitees. Your casual dress would be different for a family function as compared to an engagement function. Similarly, your dress for birthday party would be different as compared to the party being celebrated to honor some people. Perhaps, the concept of casual dress for Indian occasion could be summarized as follows:

Dress For Women For Casual Indian Occasion:

 How to Dress For Casual Indian Occasions

If it is a family function, then cotton Salwar Kameez with Choli should be the most appropriate dress. If it is a birthday party, then designer Salwar Kameez or designer cotton saree is considered to be the most apt preference. Designers are of the opinion that instead of Gagra Choli, Salwar Kameez is most ideal for family religious function. But, remember in some parts of India wearing a saree is a necessity for religious functions. In such cases, you can prefer designer cotton or Georgette or even crepe saree. This is particularly true if the religious function is held in some temples. However, for marriage engagement the most preferred attire would be designer saree with appropriate designer blouse. If it is not a traditional family, the Kurta with Jeans could also be considered for birthday and other similar parties. Of course, your facial including the hairstyle should be appropriate to the dress you wear. In fact, some of the designers suggest high heels for birth day and other function.

Dress For Men For Casual Indian Occasion:

 How to Dress For Casual Indian Occasions

To some extent, dress for causal Indian Occasion for men is region based as well. In South India particularly, traditional family prefers Dhothi for religious functions. Otherwise, you can prefer Salwar Kameez or pant with appropriate shirt. Some people even suggest Sharwani Jacket but as designers say this type of jacked is more appropriate for wedding functions rather than being considered as a casual dress. In fact, some would even prefer T shirt. This dress is normally worn even in birthday and other types of functions including marriage engagement. In so far as pant is concerned, casual pant is considered most appropriate rather than jeans pants.

Traditional Indian families believe that the dress you wear for the function should always be relevant to the occasion. Some of the traditional temples in India expect women to wear Saree and men to wear Dhothi if they want to visit the temple. Such temples do not allow people even with Salwar Kameez to visit the temple. In such cases, if you want to visit the particular temple, you will have no option but to comply with the religious sentiments of the people.

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Tips For Buying a Designer Saree

Sarees are particularly popular in South India as well as in some parts of Srilanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Malaysia, and Myanmar and in some of the other Asian countries. The tradition of wearing saree has been in vogue since several centuries in these regions. Impressed with its elegance, many popular Indian fabric designers have designed sarees with fabrics like silk, cotton, Georgette, Crepe and several other synthetic materials. They have brought out extraordinary designer sarees. In fact, there are so many varieties of designer sarees that one would find it difficult to make the best choice. Perhaps the following tips should be of help to choose the saree that is most appropriate for you:

The Occasion For Which You Are Wearing The Saree

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For your convenience, designers have brought out sarees suitable for various occasions. For example there are designer sarees for parties, casual wear, bridal sarees and so on. Remember, the jewelry you wear also has its say on the elegance of the saree. Normally, sarees in green or red or maroon or orange are considered to be most appropriate for wedding parties. For office wear, subtle colors with uniform folded pallu are considered to be the apt selection. For parties, designers suggest that the saree should be pinned at the shoulder and allow the rest to fall over your hand.

Your Personality Counts:

The thumb rule would be, if you are slim then cotton or tissue or organza designer sarees should be your choice. On the other hand if you not slim Chiffon or Georgette or crepe should be the better option. As designers say, such selection would give the body the ‘fuller effect’. If you are short, then choose a saree that does not have border. In fact, designers say almost all types of sarees would suit women who are slim. In so far as choosing the colors of your designer saree is concerned, here again the thumb rule is darker the color of the skin, darker should be your choice of designer sarees. Remember, if your wear saree that has contrast color to your skin, then the entire appearance gets spoiled.

Choosing The Blouse:

 Tips For Buying a Designer Saree

Normally, designer sarees will have a blouse piece attached to it. Designers suggest that for every saree you must have one pair of blouse. One blouse should be stitched in the traditional fashion and the other blouse should be stitched appropriately to suit the occasion like sleeveless or blouse with short sleeves. However, you can make the blouse look attractive with stylish necklines, sleeves like puffed sleeves and so on. You can also look for sleeves with suitable zari or bead work.

Look For Your Budget:

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 It is needless to highlight the importance of your budget while choosing the designer sarees. In fact, you would find most attractive designer sarees in different price range. You can certainly get the best saree for your budget. In fact, some of the designers suggest that if you buy online, then you would certainly be able to locate the saree according to your budget.

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The Evolution of Designer Salwar Kameez

The Mughal Period:

The Salwar meaning pants and Kameez meaning shirts is a traditional dress which is believed to have had its origin in Afghanistan. It is believed to have made its way to India centuries ago. It was largely worn in Punjab and later it became a popular dress in India. Now its popularity has spread to other parts of the world. In fact, Salwar Kameez is worn both by men and women irrespective of age. Considering its popularity and wide acceptance by both men and women, many fabric designers started giving new designs to this traditional dress. In fact, history says that the credit for designer Salwar Kameez should go to the Mughal royal family. It is said that women of this royal family were wearing these dresses which were exclusively designed for them. With the passage of time, these designs have undergone transformations at the hands of the popular designers of the modern era.

Contribution of Indian Fabric Designers:

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In course of time, some of the popular Fabric designers from India like the Anarkali  came out with several eye catching designs in different fabrics like cotton, satin, silk, crepe, georgette and so on. The intricate artworks of Kundan and Jardosi added glamour to the design. These designs depict the true Indian tradition and culture. Some of the designers also gave true contemporary designs without losing the true Indian tradition and culture. Such designs became largely accepted by the people not only from India but even from the West. Designers came out with specially designed Salwar Kameez ideal for casual wear, bridal wear, party wear and the like. The draperies called Chunni or Duppata normally worn by women on the top adds glamour to this traditional dress. Such designer Salwar Kameez certainly looks more attractive than ever before.

Designer Salwar Kameez: The First Preference:

The designers’ painstaking effort to make the Salwar Kameez look more gorgeous and comfortable has paid a rich dividend. Such designs have received spontaneous acceptance by everyone throughout India. In fact, it is slowly making inroads in to the West as well. In fact, you would have noticed that Bridal and Grooms Salwar Kameez is becoming more popular since the recent past. The Groom’s Salwar Kameez is slowly replacing the Western Suit culture. This is because, ultimately comfort and the look is all that matters. Thanks to the celebrities of Bollywood and from other regional film world; they have contributed their bit to popularize the designer Salwar Kameez. Some of them get these dresses specially designed for them for parities and for purposes of the movies in which they are working. It is natural that such designs receive wider acceptance by the people. Some of the designers are of the opinion in spite of the competition from the western attire culture, Salwar Kameez continues to be accepted as a most preferred dress among the people of not only Asia but even in the West. That should be sufficient to evaluate the influence of designer Salwar Kameez on the people. Some of the fabric manufacturers have brought out these designers Salwar Kameez in different price ranges so that every section of the population could afford them.  As a result, more and more people have started opting for these comfortable and stylish dresses.