August 11, 2006

One of my best friends is of Indian origin (I'm not Indian though) and her Mehendi is tonight. The Mehendi is a south asian ritual when the bride's hands and feet get adorned with Henna. This event is followed by the actual wedding.

This is the outfit I was gifted to wear tonight since I will be acting as a 'bridesmaid', so exciting! It's called Salwar Kameez. There is a third piece to this outfit called the dupatta which I forgot to photograph. The embroidery and stone-detailing on the silk-chiffon material is amazing. I have seen such outfits in Little India and they usually cost upwards of $400.

Being a Torontonian, I have friends from literally every culture and I truly cherish that. I also have a traditional Thai outfit, unfortunately I can no longer fit into it.

In my opinion, African, Japanese (as far as kimonos are concerned) and South Asian cultures have some of the most colorful and ornate traditional garments.

I am totally looking forward to tonight and this weekend!!


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12:23 PM  
Blogger Sophia said...

thats G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!!!!! i love indian tops :D i bought 4 indian tops of same style but different colors at some indian shop in sydney a couple of years ago. they are absolutely divine! for some strange reason i just look amazingly hot (ha ha! J/K!!!!) in indian tops (im asian) :P

i love the color of your one though. so vibrant! *squirm*

oh and btw, have fun tonight!!!


12:24 PM  
Blogger Frapp said...

Sounds fun! I always wanted to get a henna design on my hand, but I heard it was dangerous to your skin?

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Awesomeness said...

That's beautiful! Do you have lovely gold jewelry to go with it??

3:17 PM  
Blogger brendan said...

this dress is beyond CHIC! Wow

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is simply breathtaking! I love the details!

11:12 PM  
Anonymous Tina said...

What a pretty outfit! Hope you had fun. :)

9:16 AM  
Anonymous karisma said...

frapp: i'm indian and have gotten many many henna designs and they are totally not harmful. you should get high-quality henna and the natural one. not black henna, that's not good for you.

wwnd: that's one of the prettiest salwar suits i have seen in a while.

2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such a beautiful outfit! I'm jealous.

9:17 AM  
Blogger achtung_baby said...

The embroidery is so intricate. Especially the stonework, which I love. Beautiful!

9:50 AM  
Anonymous shopdiary said...

very pretty! what did you wear it with?

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4:42 PM  
Blogger Haute Girl said...

nice bridesmaid's dress!

5:13 PM  
Anonymous fernanda said...

that's the coolest bridesmaid outfit ever! loved it, end loved your blog too!

5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm South Asian and own a lot of Salwars and I must say that one's hot, your friend definitely loves you! ;)

9:17 PM  
Blogger WWND said...

Everyone: Thanks for the compliments. I received quite a few more at the mehendi. For the wedding, I wore a fusion outfit, an embroidered south asian-style top, with a black pencil skirt with tuxedo-style stripes. The top was borrowed, otherwise I would have taken a picture now to show you guys. I had a lot of fun!!

Frapp:I agree with Karisma. The henna I put on simply stained my palms a beautiful reddish brown color, no irritation whatsoever.

Awesomeness: I borrowed some 22kt chandelier earrings from my friend. I also had a lot of gold bangles on, along with some glass bangles my friend's mom gave me to go with the outfit.

Shopdiary: Thanks, will sign up on asap. Besides the jewelry, I just wore gold heels with it. There's so much going on with the outfit as it is, I thought it best to keep everything else to a bare minimum.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Meow said...

Very pretty. =) I own two salwar chamis and a sari from a visit to Bangladesh... However, you should check out Korean hanboks. A bunch of them together look like flowers.

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