Manipuri Wedding Jewellery
- December 5, 2022
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So far it is known that Manipur is a rich state in terms of flora and fauna, and the ethnicity and traditions of Manipur are incomparable to the western cultures. The prime essence of the Manipuri culture resides in the strong beliefs of the Manipuri people. They never step back to find pride in their culture, which further adds beauty to their customs.
The greatest reflection of their love and veneration for the culture can be seen in their weddings and carnivals. With the slight touch of western civilization to look modern and the traditional rituals that hold their beliefs, Manipuri weddings are the ones you would never miss a chance to attend.
Well, weddings are also a kind of festival drenched in a series of traditional rituals. It is a fun and happy moment for all the family members but can be the most mesmerising day for the couple to be wedded. With all the nervousness and excitement, the pressure to look captivating on the day of your wedding always wins.
As a Metei groom, you are not left with much choice as the wedding attire for the groom is the quite simplest one. Yet, you can style your look with the below-mentioned wedding attires-
A dhoti is a traditional attire for men in various festivals and weddings. Since wearing the dhoti is one of the ancient traditions in India, the most preferred festive attire for men is the dhoti. It is a rectangular piece of pure cotton cloth nearly 4 to 5 metres long. It is wrapped around the waist of the groom in a strange way in Indian customs. It comes in many colours but for Meitei weddings, white dhoti is treated as sacred. Generally, their dhoti is inspired by a Bengali dhoti. Some dhotis have a thick border while some are purely plain. You can go with either of the choices.
The ritual dhoti is called Khamen Chapta in Manipuri. It is mostly worn by superior members of the family. Sometimes, the dhoti is also worn with jackets.
Kurta is an upper body cloth in the form of a long coat that reaches up to the knee. Kurta is worn over a dhoti by a Manipuri groom. The most used fabric for a kurta is cotton. It comes in various shades of colour, from dark to pastel. Nowadays, kurtas embroidered with intricate designs and threadwork are in trend. But for the Manipuri groom, a white kurta with a full sleeve is given the foremost importance.
A turban or headgear is a long piece of cloth unusually wrapped around a head. It is worn by the Manipuri groom along with a dhoti and kurta. It is one of the typical Indian customs and is considered sacred in the wedding ceremonies.
Turbans are also available in varying colours but for Meitei people, a white turban is mostly preferred. It can be kept simple or decorated according to your choice.
A shawl or a wrap is a long piece of rectangular cloth available in varying designs and colours. For a Manipuri groom, a plain-white shawl is wrapped around his shoulder over the kurta.
Here, we can see how the wedding attire for a Manipuri groom is relatively simple. This costume is the oldest one but is still in vogue in the country.
Concerning the current trend, the groom also adorns himself with a wristwatch and footwear. Also, he has an immense love for Kanpuri or Jodhpuri footwear.