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  • Indian Prince of Mandi of the Rajput caste standing with his veil-covered bride as the groom's younger brother presents her with a pair of shoes, under a canopy during their wedding ceremony in the garden of the bride's home.
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Bridal Gifts
Indian Prince of Mandi of the Rajput caste standing with his veil-covered bride as the groom's younger brother presents her with a pair of shoes, under a canopy during their wedding ceremony in the garden of the bride's home, 1946.
Photograph by Margaret Bourke-White
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India

Precious Steps

A Hindu bride in India is prepared for her new life with an abundance of gifts, from household items such as furniture and utensils to new clothes and shoes. Of the many and often extravagant gifts she might receive, ornately worked silver shoes are the epitome of luxury.