Tamil Matrimony – The quintessential Saree and Dhoti!
A Tamil Matrimony is like a movie by itself , amidst all the grandeur. As much as the decorations adorning the stage and the jewellery adorning the bride , bridal clothing plays a significant role in a Tamil Matrimony. India has a rich cultural heritage and is a land of great artisans. The sheer understated elegance of the silk saree will definitely make heads turn and look in awe.
The word “Saree” originates from the Sanskrit name “Sati” meaning a strip of cloth. The bride wears a saree across all sections of a Tamil Matrimony irrespective of the social stature of the family. However , the quality of the fabric makes the quintessential difference. A silk saree is the most commonly used saree in a Tamil Marriage.
Once the date is fixed for the marriage , the groom’s family and the bride’s family go along with the bride at an auspicious time to select the Muhurtham saree.
There are predominantly four sarees worn by the bride in a Tamil Matrimony. Let’s take a look at them.
1. A saree is selected to be worn by the bride for the arrival at the wedding hall. This can be of any colour and is usually bought by the bride’s family.
2. A Silk saree is worn during the tying of the thaali. This saree is mostly on varying shades of red /yellowish gold which is considered to be auspicious by the Tamil families. The groom’s family gets this saree for the bride
3. A “Koorai” saree which is usually a yellow cotton saree is also bought by the groom’s family for the bride
4. A saree for the reception which is usually a designer wear / lehenga type saree which is purchased either by the bride or the groom’s family.
Thus a Saree is the essence of bridal clothing in a Tamil Matrimony and continues to be of sentimental value for Indian women.