I spent the entire last week attending the various functions of my cousin’s wedding festivities. In true Bengali style there was a myriad of pre-events leading upto the actual event. Attending them all meant several wardrobe changes. Weddings are a time when women like to go OTT with their fashion choices.

I chose to be minimalistic for the “Sangeet” (Musical Night) and chose to debut my new saree from famed Indian designer Satya Paul. I love its grey and mustard abstract print on a cherry red background. All of Satya Paul’s sarees are works of art in themselves and don’t require much accessorising. For the next event, all the women were asked to wear traditional Jamdani sarees. Jamdani sarees are hand-woven on the old fashioned Jala loom and have a very fine texture resembling muslin with elaborate and ornate workmanship. The women looked elegant wearing Jamdanis in a riot of colours. For the groom’s “Holud” the women wore matching cotton sarees in a style influenced by Benarasi weavers and accessorised with floral jewelry designed by yours truly. At the Wedding reception, women wore ornate and embellished sarees in materials such as chiffon and crepe which is very trendy these days as well as colourful traditional sarees in silk and Benarasi weaves. I myself wore a fuscia colored saree called Jamawar embellished with gold zari work which is the traditional saree of Uttar Pradesh in India.The Bride wore a pink saree with Zardozi, which is the gold gilt thread embroidery technique. Conventionally, brides wear red on their wedding day although brides nowadays are experimenting with colors such as pink, gold, maroon and even green. The groom wore an off white Sherwani, which is a close fitting jacket like garment of knee length paired with Churidaars. Most men at the wedding wore suits with a few people favouring embroidered Kurta’s due to the summer heat.

Even though I have sore feet from wearing 4 inch heels almost everyday for a week and am thoroughly tired from too little sleep, i have immensely enjoyed the fashion parade that is a Dhaka wedding.

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