In both Western and Eastern practices, the bride is typically adorned in exquisite clothing and fine jewelry for the matrimonial ceremony. The Oriya bride is one of the most lavishly dressed. The Oriya is an ethnic group from Odisha, along the eastern coast of India. They worship the Sun as well as Hindu deities.
The Oriya bride is definitely the center of everyone's attention because on the day of matrimony, she is believed to be the embodiment of the goddess of prosperity and wealth-Lakshmi. The luxury of her attire reflects family's wealth and position. By tradition, the bride wears jewelry and accessories based on her family's means. Those who are of poor social standing wear silver jewelry, while middle class brides who can afford gold jewelry wear their finest on their wedding day. Meanwhile, very affluent brides are proudly garbed in gold and sparkling diamonds. The bride's mother carefully chooses each piece that her daughter will wear on her special day, picking out family heirlooms of particular sentimental value so that the bride becomes the epitome of opulence and beauty.
In regard to the traditional items used by the bride on her wedding day, Oriya tradition holds something more important than jewelry. Odishan sarees are worn by the Oriya bride with pride because in their culture this item is highly regarded by all. Sarees can be worn in many different ways, and there are plenty of options on the type of fabric, such as cotton, silk, or chiffon. It takes Oriya females a very long time to make the selection for her wedding attire. But, once they have made up their minds, the bride is guaranteed to look like the goddess Lakshmi she is personifying.
While preparing for the wedding ceremony, decorating the bride with Odishan sarees occupations most of the female members of the family. The saree's color must be flattering to the bride's skin tone. However, tradition dictates that on the day she will be bound to her husband for life, the bride must wear red-bordered yellow sarees. These exquisite creations are rendered with unique embroidery-typically in gold thread-to further highlight the bride's precious jewelry. Some of the best sarees are styled in these colors and made from Matha silk. Matha is famous for is elegance, softness, and suppleness. These brightly colored masterpieces are also known as Tussar silk of Mayurbhanj.
The Oriya bride may choose from many other types of traditional sarees for her bridal trousseau, including the Sambalpuri heirloom saree designed with the Passapalli motif, and the classic Brahmapuri Pata styles. Additionally, the bride may opt for the vibrant Sonepuri or colorful Bomkai sarees. In the meantime, aside from the traditional fabrics used, which are cotton, silk, and chiffon, georgette sarees are increasing in popularity. There are infinite ways to style this type of saree. Moreover, georgette is a fabric that is easy for the wearer to carry.
Modern-day Oriya brides are endeavoring to separate themselves from the mold. For instance, instead of the traditional yellow sarees with red borders, they prefer orange sarees and pink sarees, especially if these colors help to accentuate certain features of the bridal dress. Two of the most popular options forward thinking women are partial to are the Nuapatni and Ikkat sarees.