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Floral Hairstyles from the South of India

There’s something so romantic about a bride with flowers in her hair. And in South of India, it is a tradition to decorate the bride’s long plait with beautifully patterned flowers, pearl strings, beads, golden billas, gold jada or anything which adds to her stunning looks on her big day.

From traditional to glam, understated to over-the-top, there is a floral accessory and hairstyle combo to suit different brides. Be prepared to be inspired as we discover floral hairstyles popular in various states down south.

Andhra Pradesh: Pelli Poolajada
Almost all Telugu brides braid their hair with three golden balls hanging at the end of braided hair called . Usually the flower pattern is called Poolajada (poola-Flower, Jada-Choti) and comes in long pre-stitched ready-made form which is attached to the bride’s long plait.

andhra bride 1
Photo courtesy- Sandeep Dinker

Contemporary brides prefer individual pieces of flower billas to be attached to braided hair one after the other to complete wedding jada.

Andhra bride 2
Photo courtesy- Sandeep Dinker

Some jada patterns require to wrap around the braided hair, and some to attach a single piece directly to the hair. Top head portion of head is covered with semi circle shaped flower garlands called ‘venis’.

The elegant Telugu bride prefers rose petals jadas, as different color choices are available in roses to match the saree. These rose petals jadas have replaced completely lily jadas and jasmine jadas of the 90’s.

Tamil Nadu: Poo Jadai
Tamil brides shifted their focus from poo jadai to jada billalu in recent years. The jada billalu, which is the jewellery for the hair, is either one long piece or multiple smaller pieces of gold adornments, which are placed along the length of the hair braid as well as on the crown sometimes.

poo jadai

Tamil brides sometimes hire Temple jewellery for the wedding teaming it with their own jewelery, and jada billas/jada is sourced with the Temple jewellery. Brides these days take a matching semi-circular veni along with 2 jasmine venis, followed by billas on braided hair.

Tamil brides preferring poojadai wear a small hair bun at the top of jada, which gives support to venis and also gives a neat look to jada.

pool jada

Karnataka: Uvva Jada
Karnataka brides wear flowers matching to saree, or in contrast to saree colors so flowers are seen prominently. Apart from flowers, a precious plait-ornament made of gold/ artificial gold or pearls is also used for wedding hairstyle usually known as jadanagam.


Kerala: Rolling Flowers
A Kerala bride often wears a whole lot of Jasmine strands where the flowers are strung together like a garland as it gives a fuller look. Flowers are rolled on the braided hair which gives a heavy look, and few floral strings also hang loose over both shoulders. Of late brides have been adding jada billas on top of rolled jasmine.


Inputs and Photos Courtesy- Pelli poola Jada

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