Photographer's Note

Kumkum (Holy Red powder) and Turmeric are considered to be very auspicious for an Indian women. It is called Sindhoor in north and Kumukum in southern part of India. Kumkum is worn on the forehead, both by Men and women. It is also used to welcome guest. It was used to wish the soldiers all the best when they leave for war.

Glass bangles are also considered to be good to wear.

It is in the culture of Indian families that hostess give Turmeric and Kumkum with glass bangles to the guest women and wish her and her husband a long life.

One more point to note is that Kumkum is not usually worn by a widow. It is considered to be her "Soubhaghya". Women with blank forehead is considered ashubh (Not auspicious).

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