I’ve been in the bridal business for twenty-two years now. My father is a farmer and a singer and we hail from the Howrah district in West Bengal. I initially began as an embroiderer for a small workshop and I trained for fourteen years under Miss Zeenat, a designer who had been in the business for decades. Soon after, her daughter became engaged, and I had the opportunity to design her wedding outfit: a powder pink Saree with silver Dabka work.
Dress is a visual system of human communication that aids in defining social identity and interactions across space and time. For organised religious faiths, techniques of adornment have always operated as effective communicators of religious identity, also assisting to reinforce the boundaries between the sacred and the secular, believers and non-believers.