Saturday, May 26, 2007

RUKHWAT.......

Actually "RUKHWAT"are the items displayed by the girl’s family on a wedding day. It’s usually seen in Maharashtrian weddings and not in a Goan wedding. In Goans it’s the ' SHIWAN' i.e. the stitched things or items that are usually on display for the members of the boy's family to admire. Shiwan or stitched items, is the embroidery or the patchwork done with great love and fondness by the bride's mom or near and dear ones.
I will make a separate post of the shiwan when I get an opportunity to attend a typical goan wedding.
This wedding which I attended was half Goan and hence the Rukhwat.



THE BRIDE

 
HOME MADE JAM IN DECORATED BOTTLES AND COASTER


 
I was in Pune last weekend for a wedding in the family, in olden times we could see all the items supposedly made by the bride, or given by the father to his daughter, it could be anything clothes, utensils, cupboard, everything was displayed. Traditionally you can say the significance of Rukhwat is that these are things a bride carries to her new home to start her new life. It is not done at that scale nowadays; there are enthusiastic mothers who love to display some really artistically and creatively made things. This are not necessarily made by the girl but are usually a team effort of her mother, aunts, friends and relatives, but some of the items are specially made by an expert who does it only for such occasions and for the purpose of an appealing display.

ITEMS MADE OF REDUCED MILK AND ARE EDIBLE


LADOOS PRESENTED IN A DECORATED BOX WITH A BEDSHEET [ seen below the box] WHICH IS A PATCH WORK BEDSHEET MADE BY AN AUNT.

COCONUT DECORATED WITH BEADS
 
FRUITS MADE OF MILK
  All the items made here, are made by reducing milk, if you look at these items you see how intricately they are made and such precise proportions. All the items are hand made.
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These items are made by a lady in Goa, Ms PRAFUL KELEKAR, who I haven’t had the opportunity to meet but have heard a lot about.


POOJA THALI

27 comments:

Aruna said...

I have never seen either Maharastrian/goan wedding, Thx for the 101 :-) Beautiful pictures, Thx for sharing them.

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bee said...

very cool. thanks for sharing this.

Lata said...

Sounds Interesting. In our culture also, they used to display things from the bride but not anymore. But, they must be great artists to make such wonderful designs

Nupur said...

Oh my goodness, the fruits and vegetables are so adorable! This is certainly the work of very artistic fingers.

Mahek said...

hi
friends
NUPUR,ARUNA,BEE AND LATA,
Thanks for writing in and reading my blog....

sra said...

Mahek, very nice photos. In AP too, some families have a tradition of making these milk sweets for weddings or other ceremonies. The puja thali and the fruits and vegetables in your post are v nice.

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

too good post

HAREKRISHNAJI said...

By the way, I had also written similal post on Rukhwat few months back. I have changed the date to today, so that you can view it easily.

Chinni said...

Very nice photos.Thanx for sharing these photos....

Richa said...

wow! that is so beautiful, the diya, coconut, fruits they all look adorable :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for that Mahek. Those are really art work of art . It is interesting with the story as well as that is so different from what our weddings would be., Jean New Zealand

Anil P said...

The wedding is not really complete without those decorative pieces, is it?

Sharmi said...

hey Mahek, is the pooja thali also made of milk. waw so beautiful. so much of creativity. I am lucky to see it through your blog. thanks for sharing.

Mahek said...

hi
friends thanks for leaving your comments
anil p
not its not something without which the marraige is incomplete
as i said in goa we do not keep Rukhwat.

marriedtoadesi.com said...

Beautiful Items! Thanks for the writeup, it was interesting to read. I love the items made from milk, they look so good!

Kanchana

rahin said...

hi mahek , i like ur name n ur blog , its my first time here , the fruits n veggies (edibles) are very impressive .....the corn , bananas n cashews are my favs. :)

Arathi said...

hi,
nice pics.. by the way, RUKHWAT..what u say it for in a maharashtrian/ goan weddings..but we in karnataka call it ''BIDADI MANE''. where we arrange the articles like u mentioned to be taken by the bride for her new home in a room where the groom will stay for the wedding..and the decorative articles as well like in the pics.it is the same tradition i believe but in a different name!!!

yasha said...

Hi, my name is Yasha..can u tell me who made all this things for the rukhwat.As im also getting married i need such useful things to present.so can u suggest anyone who makes all this for wedding occassions.I stay in Mumbai..

Mahek said...

hi
Yasha
My Best wishes to you!!!
As mentioned in the blog this marraige was held in Pune and the rukhwat was made in Goa. I myself had never seen such a great rukhwat being presented in Mumbai, So i am sorry i cannot help you in this matter although i would love to , but you could try to get someone who is an artist or who takes classes for clay modelling or making lamasa and ask them to make such items for you...

arathi said...

hi yasha,
in karnataka we actually have this tradition..to decorate the bridegrooms room with all such stuff..we had done in our wedding as well..if u knw anybody frm karnataka..a typical bangalorean u can ask them..!!! they would definitely knw this..'bidadhi mane alankaara''

yasha said...

I stay in mumbai..but im actually from Goa,my mom is goan,so any one in goa( i mean experts who makes all this for such occasion)if u have any names please let me know, i need ur help desperately...do ask anyone in your contact...Really sorry for troubling u, but i am interested in presenting such things for rukhwat..

Mahek said...

hi
Yasha
If you read this blog , you will see that at the end i have mentioned the name of the lady "MS PRAFUL KELEKAR" who made this Rukhwat, if you have any relatives in goa and it being a very small place i am sure you will find the details of this lady who i think resides in panaji.
This girl who got married is away in the US so difficult for me to get the details but if you try to contact someone in Goa i am sure you will find the details

Ranjita said...

Hi Mehak,

Tussi Gr8 ho yaar... thanks for sharing ur Rukhawat & Recipies.. I really like it.. i will definitely try all these..I m getting married in feb.. do u hav some ideas for rukhawat?? where i'll get tht milk products??

Rgds,
Ranjita

Ranjita said...

Hi Mehak,

Tussi Gr8 ho yaar... thanks for sharing ur Rukhawat & Recipies.. I really like it.. i will definitely try all these..I m getting married in feb.. do u hav some ideas for rukhawat?? where i'll get tht milk products??

Rgds,
Ranjita

manu7 said...

Hey its really good i hav been searching these things 4 my sis weddin thnk u so much 4 sharing

Meera said...

Lovely just waiting for this It would be nice to get the address or contact number of Ms Praful Kelekar urgently

Kanchan said...

Wow! After long time I had seen this Rukhawat. I remember one of my friend's wedding. I fabric painted bedsheets, some crochet work for her Rukhawat. I also remember my younger Aunt's wedding where my Dad made a small bullock cart and jute pouches of grams, rice and wheat. Since then I loved watching Rukhawat in Maharashtrian marriages.