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The True Essence of a Gujarati Wedding
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 4:47:06 AM America/Chicago
A Gujarati wedding is an eclectic mix of tradition, colors and rituals that reflect the vibrant and rich culture of Gujarat. An elaborate affair, numerous pre and post wedding functions mark the celebration of a Gujarati wedding. Amid culinary delicacies, traditional dance or garba performances, timeless rituals, the essence of a Gujarati wedding percolates through the myriad of colours that don the marrying couple, their family and all their wedding guests.
The panetar is a typical Gujarati wedding outfit for brides. Both Hindu and Jain brides wear a panetar and a gharchola. The panetar and gharchola form an important aspect of the wedding ritual. The panetar sari is a gift by the bride's maternal uncle while the gharchola sari is the gift from her new in-laws.
Historically, the bride wore the panetar at the beginning of the wedding and then gharchola as well.
Today, it is common for the bride to wear a gharchola chunni over her head and shoulder to symbolize her movement from one family to another.
The paneter is a unique silk sari or chaniya choli with with a white body and red border. The plain white body is woven in Gajji silk or any other type of silk with linear stripes or checks in gold zari. There are tie dyed (bandhani) motifs usually yellow/gold or green to adorn the sari.
The gharchola is a sari that the bride receives from her inlaws. The weaving technique of the gharchola originates from the region around Khambat in southern Gujarat. Gharcholas are first woven by using silk and zari thread and are then later embellished by bandhani work.
The gharcola comes in a grid pattern that is dyed in red. Some communities use a green gharchola with red, yellow, and white bandhani work.
The time when more than two dye colors are used, the design is known as ‘phulwari’ meaning 'garden.' When animal motifs (peacocks,elephants, birds) predominate, the pattern is known as ’shikari,’ which means 'hunting scene.'
Families may choose any decorative style of gharchola, though they tend to have a particularly symbolic meaning of the family. The majestic elegance of the panetar and gharchola is breathtaking.
Wait I am not finished yet because when we are talking about Gujarati brides and how can it be complete without gorgeous, priceless and beautiful looking bridal jewelry!!
The Gujarati bride usually puts golden jewelry named “Gala no har” and “kan ni butti” (necklace with ear-rings), “Nathni” (nose rings), “Bajubandh” (armlet to be put at upper arm), “Poncho” (bracelet to be worn on the wrist having five extended golden chain ending with rings on other end for each of the fingers and thumb) with “Bangadi”(Bangles) and Patla (bangles having more width than usual), Chandlo(on the forehead), Chadha (Payal) on her feet Poncho with Bangadi and Patla
Bajubandh (armlet on upper arm)
Bride wearing Gharchola
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