Here is part 2 of my look at traditional Asian wedding dresses; you can find part 1 on Ezine, too. I continue to marvel at the individual beauty, richness and tradition of each Asian country’s wedding attire and have learned so much while researching these magnificent wedding traditional dresses and headdresses.
Indian Wedding Dresses
These dresses reflect the Indian culture and are bright in color with a lot of embroidery and beadwork in intricate Indian patterns.
The majority of the Indian brides wear some type of headpiece that has jewels coming to a point in the middle of the forehead. They sometimes include a head veil that does not cover the face. It is simply worn over the bride’s head and is of a thinner, sheer fabric.
White Wedding Abaya
A number of countries in Asia are Muslim and the wedding dress is an abaya.
You could describe this as a long flowing robe and is most often in white to signify purity.
It must be noted that not all Muslim brides in Asia would wear white abaya’s and in those countries Henna is traditional for the Indian bride.
There are 2 kinds of important wedding ceremonies in Mongolia.
One of them is the traditional wedding ceremony where the couples wear traditional clothes called “Del”. The Del is made from cotton and silk with patterns. Another kind of wedding ceremony is the modern wedding ceremony; the bride wears a white gown.
Traditional wedding dress for an Armenian bride is a red silk gown and a beautiful headdress.
The bride wears a gold or silver crown with an inner and outer veil.
Before the bride places the veil on her head she circles it around and above the heads of the unmarried bridesmaids to bring them luck in finding a husband.
Then a married woman will place the veil on the bride’s head to bring her luck in her marriage.
The inner veil is only removed after the ceremony and with only the groom present. When the ceremony is over, 2 doves are released which symbolizes peace and love in their new relationship.
The Sri Lankan traditional sari is actually four traditional silk saris worn during a Sri Lankan wedding.
The first is worn at the ceremony of thalee, and features red and yellow colors, with a wide border.
The second is worn following the marriage ceremony, and is known as Innaik Koorai, which features rose, yellow or muskat colors.
The sari worn to the official ceremony of marriage registration is the third one, and the groom’s family pays for these three saris on behalf of the groom.
The final Sri Lankan bridal sari is paid for by the bride herself and is worn to the arrival ceremony of the wedding day’s wedding stage.
The bride’s family also pays for a silk set of Salvai and Vesti to present at the wedding stage, for wearing at the marriage registration, which are a shirt and trouser for the groom.
The groom presents the silk sari to the bride, along with other traditional items following the pooja stage of the ceremony. This happens in between the changing of this Sri Lankan bridal sari for the ceremony of thalee wearing.
Along with the bride’s attire (sari), this also includes a headpiece or veil, accessories such as gloves, under slips and shoes.
Malaysian tradition has it that the bride stands outside of her house and waits for her husband-to-be.
She wears an embroidered baju kurung; this is a long-sleeved blouse over a matching sarong.
She also wears a tudung, which is a hijab or head scarf to cover her hair. Over the tudung she wears a selendang, which is a richly beaded and embroidered shawl.
A crown placed on top of the shawl signifies her importance for the day.
The bride then walks from her house to the groom a few yards away from her home.
The Malaysian bride’s palms and feet are decorated, using dye from henna leaves to signify love and fertility.
Be sure and read the part 1 of this 2-parter on Ezine. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Asian wedding dresses as much as I have enjoyed writing about them.