The Shringar

Indian bridal attire and adornment vary greatly, even within the Houston area; nevertheless, all the weddings share certain elements. The shringar or rites of adornment begin a few days before the wedding. The veiling shown here is the final step that marks the moment of a woman’s readiness for the wedding ritual.

Distinctive attire, however, like the white Konkani sash shown here, can signal membership in a particular community.

Why Brides wear Mehendi-Soniya Gheewala Ekicia

With the artful application of henna, known as mehendi, the transformation of a young woman into a bride is initiated.

Mehendi artist Soniya Gheewala Ekicia at work.

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