I've just gotten back from 2 1/2 weeks in Sri Lanka. What a wonderful country! But more on that a bit later. First, I want to catch you up on the September India Block. There is pressure to stay on schedule!
While we were in Little Runn of Kutch in Gujarat, our resort was host to a local wedding. This was a Hindu, arranged marriage, between two families. I still find the whole concept of an arranged marriage fascinating, even though I have friends from both the Indian and Arab cultures who have arranged marriages, which are very successful. It is a very different concept from my own culture. I think what makes the arranged marriage, in many cases so successful, is that both families are supporting the union and help to make the marriage work.
A typical arranged marriage usually follows these steps. First, an advertisement is placed in the matrimonial section of the paper stating a boy is looking for a girl or vice versa and their attributes are listed. The families contact each other and usually a horoscope is done on both candidates to see if they would be a good match. If the families are happy with the potential match, the boy's family will make arrangements to meet the girl and the girl's family will make arrangements to meet the boy. If both parties are satisfied that he or she is a good candidate, they will then introduce the two children. If the children like each other and would like to proceed, then the girl's family will provide a dowry based on the requests of the boy's family. A dowry can consist of money, jewels, property, vehicles, such a motorcycle or car, or a house and can be a very costly amount for the girl's family to provide. Once the dowry is established, the wedding date is set.
This is the young bride in all her wedding finery.
The background fabric of the block was hand dyed using turmeric powder.
The block was hand quilted with lines radiating out from around the hearts, hoping that love will grow in the marriage. The block was bound in blue silk fabric.
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