“Bangles are traditional ornaments worn mostly by South Asian women in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is a common tradition to see a new bride wearing glass bangles at her wedding. Bangles also have a very traditional value in Hinduism and it is considered inauspicious to be bare armed for a married woman. Chooda is a kind of bangle that is worn by Punjabi women on her wedding day. It is a set of white and red bangles with stone work. According to tradition, a woman is not supposed to buy the bangles she will wear. Moradabad is India’s largest producer of bangles.”
So I know a lot of my work here now is portrait based but I have to share this beautiful henna work from a pre-wedding ceremony that I photographed last week. Indian culture is so enchanting and beautiful and I’m so grateful to have had a chance to participate in this, even if it was just on the sidelines.