Fashion and Lifestyle 18 May 2018
Did you know that ‘chatthi’, the Gujarati naming ceremony, sees relatives showering the new parents and child with all sorts of gold- from accessories to jewellery to coins to idols?
The birth of a child is one of the many important Gujarati occasions where gold plays a large role, but Gujarati weddings are unimaginable without the glitter of gold.
Gold is an integral part of Gujarati weddings and brings a natural radiance to the person adorning it. A traditional Gujarati bride is covered in gold from head to toe weighing an average 180 gm! Here are some variations of gold that you will see in every Gujarati wedding.
Panetar style of sarees are characterised by a white body and a red border with some gorgeous zari work. Making a striped or a checkered pattern on the red border, the zari or the embroidery is made from fine gold threads. The gold embroidery gives the saree a very uplifting vibe. These are usually a gift for a bride by her maternal uncle. It is woven in silk and is very similar to a Chaniya choli.
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It is a common Gujarati custom where the bride receives a Garchola saree from her in-laws. Gold threaded zari work is common in these sarees. The zari is woven first and later integrated with bandhani work. The characteristic zari grid pattern is made in such a way that it appears in a set of 9, 12, or 52, as shown below:
The border of each grid is made of zari and so is the pallu. In ancient times, only threads of real gold were used for weaving the zari. Even today you can adorn these sarees and embody Gujarati grace!
There are some gold accessories that are quintessentially Gujarati, and are worn with pride during special occasions, especially weddings. The next time you’re in Gujarat, make sure to add these to your treasure trove of jewels.
When in Gujarat, do as the Gujaratis do: dress in gold from head to toe and enjoy the unparalleled grace it provides with the accessories mentioned above.
A Nath is a traditional piece of jewellery used in India. It is a nose ornament worn through a piercing in the nose.
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