Kerala Christian Bridal Jewellery Tradition

 

Kerala Christian bridal jewellery tradition is unique and the jewellery worn by a Malabar Catholic bride is a mirror image of her heritage and the land she hails from. Manimuthu maala, kurumulaku maala, and kingini maala are some of the distinctive necklace designs of the tradition. At the same time, the community is always ready to experiment with jewellery designs from all over the world.

The Christian wedding ceremony usually takes place with a white gown, gloves and the long net of the bride, giving her an angelic look.

Aachaarakalyanam is an event in which the elders from the bride’s family visit the groom’s house to fix the date of the wedding. This is followed by Manasamatham, wherein the priest confirms whether the wedding is acceptable to the concerned parties in the presence of two witnesses. This ceremony concludes with a grand feast.

Now comes the wedding – The wedding is held at the church of the groom. The bride and groom then present themselves before the altar and light a lamp, followed by taking the holy vows. After this is Minnukettu, the most important ritual of a Kerala Christian marriage. The bride ties a thaali, which is called minnu, on her neck. The priest blesses the mantrakodi (a cream or light coloured sari) and gives it to the bridegroom who drapes it around the bride’s neck. The priest then dips pieces of holy bread in wine and gives it to the bride and groom followed by the family members. The wedding ceremony ends and the guests proceed for the wedding feast.

Let’s have a look at the various types of ornaments worn by a Malabar Catholic bride on her wedding;

Kerala Christian Bridal Jewellery Tradition (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jhumki – Traditionally designed earrings, made completely out of gold.

Kingini Mala – This one is a brilliant neckpiece, renowned for brilliant craftsmanship and intricate design.

Minnu – Pendant worn on a red thread by the Catholic bride.

Kasumala – Necklace with fine gold work on it, composed mostly of gold.

Kurumulaku Mala – This stunning necklace features a heavy pendant and is the highlight of the wedding ensemble.

Manimuthumala – This delicate and elegant piece is a collection of several golden strands into one.

Bangles – Malabar Catholic brides are known for their diverse collection of bangles – Half Moon Rhodium Coated Bangle, Patly Bangle, Kurumulaku Bangle, Toe ring, Kolkata Bangle, Hollow Machine cut Bangle, Thin Bangle, Thoda Bangle.
C Z Spring Ring – This is a gemstone studded ring, designed in the form of a spring, an extremely artistic jewel.

Malabar Catholic brides are known for their diverse collection of bangles – Half Moon Rhodium Coated Bangle, Patly Bangle, Kurumulaku Bangle, Toering, Kolkata Bangle , Hollow Machine cut Bangle, Thin Bangle, Thoda Bangle – WOW!!!!!!

C Z Spring Ring – This is a gemstone studded ring, designed in the form of a spring, an extremely artistic jewel.

Malabar Catholic weddings are a mix of traditional and contemporary customs, a combination which is portrayed even in their jewellery designs.

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