Old Indian poets have been known to have written endless poetry about the charms and powers of the bindi to draw lovers together.
Placed in the centre of the bride’s forehead, the bindi is the only accessory that heightens all of the brides features and draws instant attention to her face.
While the term ‘bindi’ originally meant ‘a drop’, today, the term encompasses a wide range of forehead ornamentation in a variety of colours and designs.
While intricately hand-painted bindis, which are drawn over the arches of the eyebrows, are known for their traditional nature, there’s a lot more that can be done to make the traditional patterns absolutely stunning.
For instance, one can opt for the designer one-of-a-kind bindis that use organic colours and shimmers to make the bindis more vibrant. But if you’ve got worries about the colour spreading and merging, you do have the option of choosing sticker-bindis, which are studded with kundan work and semi-precious stones.
Consider using the Maang-Tikka style bindi if you’re planning to have a regal bridal ensemble, and you intend to use antique jewellery. The Maang-Tikka, like the jhoomar jewellery, is meant for the forehead and extends into the hairline. The main beauty of the Maang- Tikka lies in the pendant that extends to the middle of the forehead and plays the dual role of a bindi.
These bindis come in a variety of styles, with intricate work that is often embedded with precious stones. The diamond Maang-Tikkas are extremely elegant and chic; a brilliant bindi choice, as most jewellery is essentially based around the Maang- Tikka.
If you’re more inclined towards simple bindis, consider using a single decorative style of bindi, which comes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Available in all sorts of materials like plastic, crystal, stone, vinyl, among others most bindis have sequinned embellishments, and are dusted with gold powder. Some designer bindis also have beads and hand-printed designs. In addition to these bindis, each community has culturally specific bindis that are used on special occasions.
However, while choosing a bindi, try to find one with a hypoallergenic adhesive, as this base prevents allergic breakouts. Also, remember to wear your bridal bindi a few days before the wedding, to see if you have any allergic reactions to it.
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