Six yards of Breathtaking Elegance
There is nothing more extravagant than an Indian wedding. And bridal saris across the country are sure to make you gasp in wonder at their beauty. Heavy zardozi work on georgette, silk encrusted with semi-precious stones, a Ritu Kumar ensemble with kundan, gota and zari work in the “odhni” of her lehnga sari; colours ranging from dark vermilion to pink, rust gold or orange and green - the list is endless.
In the south, you can visit Nallis and Pothys in Chennai, famous for their traditional saris or buy kanchivaram silk saris. In fact, they have branches in metro cities too. Buy Kanchivaram silk sarees from Kanchi, a small town in the south, that are considered to be the finest silks and fit for bridal attire. The gold in the motifs are made from the silk thread dipped in liquid gold and silver to enhance the value. Keralite women wear white silk saris with traditional golden border, Telugu women use silk saris dipped in yellow colour and Tamilian brides wear the red or maroon kanchivaram saris. South also has the pattu sari famous for their sheen and beauty. Maharashtrian and South Indian brides often wear a traditional nine-yard sari.
Bengali brides are draped in the red Benarasi sari with a zari border and red veil. Gujarati girls marry wearing a Panetar saree which is white with red bandhini border. Gujarat also has the gharchola sari – a traditional red bandhini sari with gold zari work in crisscross designs. Green is an auspicious colour in Maharashtra and is the traditional colour of Maharashtrian bridal saris. The paithani sari, made of silk has a pallu with a peacock design and borders with a square design. They also have the nine-yard nauvari sari which was worn when women went out into the battlefields at times of war.
The traditional colour is red in the north. There is the cherry red bridal “gharara” made of silk and encrusted with gold or synthetic zari work or a similarly embellished lehnga and choli is chosen for the Punjabi bride. The gharara originated from Lucknow and consists of a mid length kurti paired with flared wide legged pants ruched at the knees. There is heavy phulkari work (flower patterns) in Punjabi designs.
Bridal saris have evolved with time and you can wear a “paithani” with the georgette and the “banarasi” with chiffon so that saris become lightweight. The more the materials used, the more the price of the sari. There are bridal malls catering to wedding shopping and of course for those who can splurge, there is no dearth of designer bridal saris. The bridal sari evokes sentiments in every woman who takes care of the sari as much as she nurtures her husband down the years!