The Red Wedding

No, no – this isn’t a scary gory episode of Game of Thrones 🙂

Treasures I have none, but maybe just one little precious thing, that was gifted to me on the day I got married.

My wedding was a funny affair. I had a registry marriage in my hometown, followed by engagement. Then the big Buddhist wedding took place in my husband’s city – 2,525 Km away. There was not much flurry of activities in my home. No wild shopping. No ticking of checklists. No mad rush to book the decor. Only numerous calls were made to my relatives, inviting them to my function.

I was working in Bangalore and was supposed to fly home a couple of days before the big day. Believe me, I had no idea what I was going to wear for the engagement. And since it had to be a traditional silk Mekhela Chador, my parents happily took care of it. Probably excited that finally they were getting a chance to do something substantial for the wedding 🙂 . You see, like most Indian parents, my parents too desired to go crazy on their daughter’s wedding. But since my husband and I took care of most of the essentials, they were itching to get out and have some big wedding shopping.

When I reached home, my Mom laid in front of me this beautiful Mekhela Chaddar, brick Red in color, with Gold embroidery.

It was my Dad’s choice, after looking through scores of shops in the quaint streets of my hometown. This present is a reminder of so many beautiful moments. My heart fills with joy whenever I look at it. Plus I feel absolutely awesome wearing it 🙂

I have brought this attire with me to Sydney and wear in whenever I get a chance. Twice in the last four years actually. 🙂 Maybe someday, this could be my family heirloom. 🙂

Note: Mekhela Chador is a traditional Assamese dress, which has two main cloths. The top one called Chador, and is draped around the body. One side tucked in, while the end falls behind. The lower part is called Mekhela, which is worn life a skirt folded three times in the middle.

Assamese Mekhela Chador

This was clicked in 2015, when I attended my first Rongali Bihu function in Sydney.

Assamese Mekhela Chador

I am taking part in The Write Tribe Festival of Words #6
Day 1 (5 Aug/Sat) – Write about a treasure you have

26 thoughts on “The Red Wedding

  1. You look lovely! I have no idea how to drape a sari and have never seen a chador. Have never worn a sari ever so I’m impressed you’ve had the opportunity to wear the chador in Sydney! 😀

  2. I absolutely love this saree of yours and remember seeing it on Facebook. That it holds so many beautiful memories for you, makes it an absolutely priceless treasure and yes, a strong contender for family heirloom!

  3. I think I remember the pic 🙂 We’ve been friends since long before that day. I saw someone say you look like a treasure. And that’s true too. 😀 Even the memories with it would be a treasure, no?

  4. Being an avid saree collector, now I am coveting this gorgeous textile as well – Raj you make for one helluva stunning bride- red suits you so so well!!! 🙂

  5. First of all that’s a beautiful pic of you! And, that dress is indeed heirloom worthy! It resembles a saree but can see that the “chador” is different in few ways:)

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