Unlike most Indian Weddings, Ladakh Weddings are somewhat different. There are no big halls booked with a lot of lighting and caterers. Their marriage celebration is not like that.
As per Ladakh traditions, families of the bride and groom arrive with food for the wedding feast.
The whole night the groom has to often dance and drink Chang while the bride remains in the kitchen.
After this, both are presented with ceremonial khatas and sums of money. Towards sunrise, she is led to the groom’s house.
With such a unique wedding, the Ladakhi Buddhist Bride Trousseau is also distinct!
It is a traditional flowing robe worn by females. It is made of wool, silk, velvet and, brocade. They wear brightly colored sash or skeyraks to tie around the waist. It is stitched in such a way that it looks like a bowl gown. It is paired with tilin made of cotton, nylon, or silk.
Changpa Nomads Dress
The semi-nomadic brides wear a thick white robe called Kos Kar or Lawa Goncha on their D-Day.
Cape: Yogar and Lokpa
It refers to square capes worn by Ladakhi Bride around their shoulders to cover the back. On the other hand, Lokpa is made of sheepskin and is bereft of any embroidery and design.
Ladakhi Shoes: Pabu
Ladakhi shoes or pabu were made for home use only and are made of woven yak hair and wool to keep the feet warm. Now these are adorned by bridal too to prevent themselves from harsh weather.
Ladakhi Headdress: Perak
Perak is a heavy bridal headdress with blue turquoise, shells, corals, and precious stones. It is fitted over the bride’s head that extends outwards from both sides.
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Ladakhi Amulet: Kau
Gau or Kau is a silver or gold ornament for the Ladakhi Bridal’s neck. It is embedded with precious pearls and stones either in a hexagonal or octagonal pattern.
Ladakh women are simple women and they prefer no makeup look on their wedding with a little tint of pink lipstick, eye makeup and little blush!