The age old traditions that vary through the different parts of the seventh largest state, Karnataka have the people following diverse wedding styles in keeping with the rich diversity of the region. The weddings ceremonies are relatively short and are similar to those followed in Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh. However, the wedding celebrations in Karnataka extend for a week including pre-wedding, wedding and post-wedding ritual
The traditional Kannadiga bride wears a beautiful, traditional 9 yards long Nauvari saree. Green glass bangles are must for this bride very much similar to a Maharashtrian bride and a typical sign of the married woman. The saree is white or cream with a red border and a tinge of gold for a stunning yet serene look. With cities turning cosmopolitan, people have also begun adopting customs from the rest of the country leading to Kannada weddings becoming even more colourful!
A bride is the centre of attraction, the showstopper at every wedding! Jewellery is an essential element that enhances the bride’s charm and beauty. Traditional wedding jewellery is a dream for a Kannadiga bride. Traditional wedding jewellery has Goddess Lakshmi’s image engraved in many designs. The studded items have ruby, coral and emerald as frequently used precious stones.
Another ornament to adorn the neckline is Haaram, a creation of gold in heavy long and thin chains that has intricate detailing in its design.
Navilu Daabu crafted with traditional temple designs with red stones is worn by the bride around the waist to keep the saree borders and garlands in place, though some Kannadiga families prefer a designer waistband now. The Kannadiga bride wears heavy traditionally crafted bangles like Guruvina Kada with red stones, antique finished Kettu Bale, Kasina Bale having an intricate design with coins and Pacha Kampina Bale designed with green and red stones. To beautify her fingers, she wears Pacha Kempina Ungaru which is a finger ring crafted with rubies and emeralds. An ornament shaped like a snake or arch, finely crafted with stones and pearls, an amulet which is called Tholu Bandhi is worn on the arms.
Another ornament that adorns a Coorg bride’s neck is Kokkethathi which is a traditional crescent-shaped pendant with a serpent at the helm, and an image of Goddess Lakshmi. Part of this ornament is made of silver, then dipped in gold. The goddess symbolises wealth and prosperity and the serpent fertility. The pendant rim is crafted with pearls. The necklace string is made of unique shaped hollow silver bead woven in silver wire.
This can be single or double or even triple tiered, with a screw to open and close, making it a tight-fitting wrap around the wrist. The Paunchi is a Vajrachudi with an intricate design and has gold grains in two or three recurrent rows, representing a jackfruit. Pimbale and Piribale are simpler gold bangles having the same designs.