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Nine Yards Of Beauty And Tradition | Madisar Pudavai

By TGB Desk / On December 19th, 2016

Traditional, Magnificent and Colourful – these are the three words that come to my mind if you ask me to describe a South Indian wedding. And Tamil Brahmin weddings are no different. Their unique and beautiful rituals make it all the more interesting. In addition, Tamil Brahmin brides have a distinctive way of draping their wedding saree called Madisar. I was going through a bevy of Tam Brahm wedding pics and that’s when it struck me as to how gorgeous those brides looked draped in 9 yards saree. Have decided then and there that the next post would be about Madisar! Especially with the advent of the Tamil month Margazhi, a blogpost on ‘Madisar’ felt appropriate.

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Madisar (also called as Koshavam in Tamil) is a traditional attire of women who belong to Brahmin community in the state of Tamil Nadu. A saree in Tamil is called Pudavai and so Madisar is referred to as Madisar pudavai. Traditionally, all married Brahmin (belonging to both Iyer and Iyengar communities) women were required to wear Madisar at all times. Now a days, the women prefer modern outfits to suit the modern trends and for the sake of comfort. However, they still wear Madisar for all important occasions and religious ceremonies starting with wedding. The draping style is different for Iyer and Iyengar Brahmins. As per tradition, Madisar used to be in red or meroon colour with a gold zari broder. But these days it’s available in all colours with contrast borders to cater to different tastes and fashion requirements of the customers. The length of the Madisar saree is 9 yards as it is draped in a different style. Madisar is available in all types of fabrics but since it’s worn only for special occasions, silk is preferred.

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An Iyengar bride in a madisar with Andal Kondai hairdo…

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Honestly, I think Madisar imparts exotic, traditional, classy and dreamy look to the bride. What do you think?!

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