Monday, July 1, 2013
Being a Wedding Guest, and a Little on Cultural Sensitivity
I'm always tempted to use something with a drop or a bangle in the front, evoking a tikka/bindi (Indian forehead decorations, which seem to evolve out of religious decorations/caste markers, but seem to be part of secular fashion as well). But as as pale an Ashkenazi as I am, it feels culturally inappropriate- something akin to orientalism. So while I tried out a necklace with more oomph, and also a bunch of bits that dangled onto my forehead, I decided against. I didn't take a picture- but even if I did, I might well be uncomfortable putting it online. What do you think?
How do you cover for attending a wedding, or other formal event? Where are the cultural boundaries in what you will or won't wear?