THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF ADORNING THE NAUVARI SAREE

The Nauvari saree is a traditional saree style worn in the Maharashtrian community. It is worn during special cultural or religious celebrations.

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Origins of the Nauvari

Nauvari means nine yards. This saree is made from nine yards of fabric. During the rule of the Maratha Empire, women were involved in helping their fellow warriors. To make movement easy, the Nauvari saree was born. In appearance, it resembles a male trouser. Women who wore it were able to easily move around the battlefield.

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Although the Maratha Empire has ceased to exist, this beautiful saree style has not. In fact, wearing the Nauvari reminds many women of their equal stature and competency in a male dominated society.

Cultural Importance of the Nauvari
This stunning saree attire is typically worn by Maharashtrian brides. It makes the bride look suave and elegant. Apart from weddings, the Nauvari can also be seen worn during cultural festivals such as Gudi Padwa and Ganesh Chaturthi.

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Design and Variety
Nauvari sarees are available in a myriad of choices and colors. They were initially made from cotton but today they are also made from satin and silk. Traditional Nauvari sarees are decorated with floral prints, elegant patterns and motifs. The saree looks even more graceful and traditional when worn with a three quarter sleeve or sleeveless blouse.

During a Maharashtrian wedding, brides typically wear a Paithani silk saree in Nauvari style. The fabric of this type of saree is smooth and features royal wedding colors. Silk Nauvaris in particular are famous for having a thick border with golden or silk thread.

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Accessories
No Indian saree would be complete without complementary accessories and the Nauvari is certainly no exception. Women wearing the Nauvari will often wear jewellery that is characteristic of the Maharashtrian culture such as the Nath or nose ring, heavy necklaces, toe rings, payals, a prominent bindi, earrings that wrap the ear bridge and hair that is tied up in a neat bun and tucked in with a gajra or flowers.

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ISLAMIC WEDDING ATTIRE DURING NIKAAH CELEBRATIONS

The Nikah is part of the marriage celebrations in a Muslim wedding ceremony. It permits a woman and man to unite in Islam and live together as wife and husband. Muslim wedding celebrations are a three day affair. It starts with the mehendi ceremony, followed by the Nikah or wedding and ends with the Walima or reception. Different types of attire are worn on these three days and range from the graceful saree to the elegant sharara. During all three celebrations, the female covers her head in a veil called a ghunghat. This is drawn partially to cover the forehead, eyes and sometimes even the entire face.

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The Mehendi

During the Mehendi Ceremony, the bride-to-be wears a yellow colored outfit to match the significance of the mehendi. The outfit can take the form of an elegant salwar kameez or saree. She is ushered into the ceremony under a yellow dupatta by her female relatives and friends.

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The Nikah

On the occasion of wedding, the bride is dressed in a heavily jeweled or beaded lehenga that has several pleats. It is usually in a bright color such as red and features a lengthy blouse which is embroidered with gold accents. The dupatta is gently draped over her head and hugs her facial frame. It is styled further around her waist and shoulders to preserve her modesty and respect. In addition to the clothing, the bride wears the finest jewelry featuring precious and semi-precious gemstones. Every part of her body is bedecked in jewelry, starting with her forehead, ears and nose to her hands, feet and toes.

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On this special day, the groom is dressed in a sherwani. This is a heavily embroidered kurta that is worn with churidar pants. During the actual Nikah, the groom must wear a floral veil made from roses.

The Walimah

The Walimah is the reception which is held on the third day. On this occasion the bride may wear a traditional sharara or a lehenga choli which is heavily embroidered and bejeweled. The groom may wear a Western suit or a fancy kurta with pajamas.

Traditional sharara for walima

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