So my best friend asked me to write about “Madisar”. Madisar sari is a 9 yards sari which can be in cotton, silk, or silk cotton. It is traditionally worn by married Brahmin women for important festivals and rituals. It has a unique style of draping which is different for Iyer and Iyengars (sub castes). As a Tamil Brahmin I always adored the Madisar and I am so excited about wearing it for my D-Day. (Only God knows, when?)
Madisars are mandatory to be worn on the wedding day in my household and other Brahmin households. Like how Christian girls dream about and plan their perfect wedding gown, we TamBrahm girls think and plan about perfect wedding Madisar amongst other stuffs. I have top 5 choices for my favorite Madisar and apparently I will own every single of them sooner but as of now I don’t have any Madisar and I am still confused about which to be worn on my D-Day (I am all dibs for number 5 in the list below). Lots of time is there so I will scrutinize again sooner. Here are my top 5 choices and preferences in reverse chronological order or preference.
- Red with Green Border: I always love the color Red especially after being brought up with lot of north Indian friends and having seen all the wedding lehangas in red, I so fell in love with this combination. Red is so divine and traditional. I also tried to buy normal saris and dresses in this color to check if that matches me and fortunately it did to a decent level. Still this is my 5th preference since the rest four are really much more exciting options.
- Araku Color: Now that’s the traditional and most used Madisar color. Whenever I start scrutinizing the options my mom says “Araku than di edupa irukum” which means only the Araku color with accentuate well. This is the typical and traditional choice not by me but my mom and it is in the list at position 4. I don’t know what exact English name for Araku color is, do see the picture below and let me know the English equivalent.
- Mango Yellow with Red & Green Border: This is my latest obsession after Indian Actress Sneha’s wedding with Actor Prasanna. She wore this on her wedding and I am so in love with this color combination and sadly this is not accentuating that well for me but nevertheless I will buy this combination just for the sake of it.
- Blue and Maroon or Red Border: Who will say no to blue? I won’t because blue is my favorite color and it is one of the few colors that suit me so perfectly. I can go blindly with this option but owing to the fact the next color mentioned below looks the best on me, this combination takes a back seat.
- Purple: I didn’t have even a faintest idea that Madisar saris come in this shade until my sister wore it on my nephew’s upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony) and I am really in love with this color since then and fortunately this color accentuates my look the best.
In many households, the selection of Madisar color by bride is prohibited and the groom side will traditionally buy araku color sari and stuff it on the bride but times are changed now and many of the groom’s parents take our choice into consideration. As of me, if I am not allowed to wear purple then I am going to marry you Mr. Future Prince Charming!
Okay, so what is your favorite color shade of Madisar, girls? All the TamBrahm boys out there, which color you prefer on your girl or future girl? Comment below…
Pictures were taken from RMKV Website and Pinterest.
Love & Cheers,