A whole super sunny Saturday spent in Little India!
After lunch at Woodlands, we went from one shop to another asking for the bridal makeup package. The first shop was full, so we left after were shown the makeup package by the Indonesian worker. We then went to the second shop. However the owner told us that their makeup artist no longer works there. As for the third shop, the owner wasn’t in and all the workers were busy threading customers’ faces, so nobody was free to entertain us. The forth shop’s worker served us with super bored face. She didn’t sound energetic or passionate when explaining to us. Feeling dispirited, we left.
Then the mum brought us to a gold shop to show us how a Thali necklace would look like. I was told that a Thali necklace is made of a centre amulet and few pieces of ‘connectors’ joint to a chain. It said that the Thali has space (I supposed the connectors) for the relatives to add ‘charms/pendants’ to it as sign of welcoming the bride to the family during the wedding day.
Satkuru added that there are actually two types of Thali chain. One is the yellow string, another one is the gold chain. The thickness and length of the chain symbolizes status of the groom’s family. So the thicker and the longer the chain, the richer the family is.
I prefer thinner. Haha!
Most fascinating thing is when his mum told us on the Thali-making procedure. It’s not that one can just walk into the gold shop and buy one off the shelves. On a good date and time, the groom’s mother must go to the gold shop with 2 very happily married and prosperous women whereby the mum will pass to the goldsmith a small block of gold to be melted and made into the centre amulet which will be engraved with family logo/initials or something like that.
After that, we left for next destination, a saree shop. When we walked in, I knew that clothes aren’t that cheap as we patronized this shop last year in hunt for Punjabi suits.
Satkuru told me, Indian saree shop is normally long and is separated to few sections. As one walks deeper into the shop, the more expensive the sarees are. By the time he finished talking, we were at the end of the shop. I was like, whoa, how much these sarees would cost then?
The parents asked the worker to bring out the bridal sarees. He took out few and obviously those aren’t nice.
Suddenly the dad asked, Angeline, what colour do you like?
I told him, PURPLE!
He murmured, purple ah? Hmm with concerned face.
I was wondering why and Satkuru quickly added, “Because most purple saree aren’t nice.”
I gave a considerably loud, “Ooo” before quickly added in, “I like green too, dark green” gleefully.
Immediately the mum told – cannot wear green during wedding. I was like WHY!
Her replied was according to the Indian custom, if bride wears green, many problems will ensue.
Then I looked around – there’s this mannequin wearing a nice navy blue saree with beige blouse; so I told out “uncle, this colour nice also right?”
He looked and then replied, “Angeline, you really like dark colour is it?” before he laughed.
I sheepishly said, “yes, teehee.”
Then he continued, “but then you’re fair. You should wear light pastel colour.”
“Oh ok, then I think the one beside the blue saree should be good on me” I pointed at the beige saree.
This time he agreed. He asked the worker if I could try the beige saree from the mannequin. He quickly went to the mannequin and removed the saree.
The mum helped in tying the beige saree. After all the tucking and the folding, I looked at the mirror – Hmm, not that appealing.
Then the worker brought out more and more sarees. One by one we rejected them. Those that passed the parents’ criteria, we put them aside, for comparison later. There’s one very beautiful saree with lots beads and sequins and Satkuru said NO to it. Reason, he said I’m already that short, afraid that I’ll become shorter because of the extra weight coming from the beads and sequins.
So the worker had to recommend more. Haha!
I actually like few good looking sarees – but according to Satkuru, everyone especially the relatives will come in their best saree and would expect the bride to be in grander saree. Hence, we have to find those luxurious, grand looking saree.
Finally after nearly an hour of searching, we narrowed down to 2 sarees. As I stood still in front of mirror, the mum draped both saree cloths over my shoulder. From these two, I chose the one that compliments my skin the most.