Aainaa: Reflections through Indian weddings
Exhibition now closed
21 September 2002 – 26 September 2006
Aainaa – Reflections through Indian weddings celebrated the diversity of New Zealand’s Indian communities through the customs and rituals surrounding marriage.
The central theme of Aainaa was the Indian wedding in all its splendour. The exhibition was rich with jewellery, costumes, food, religious objects, music, and colours that make the Indian wedding unique and fascinating. A mandap (wedding structure) featured in the heart of the exhibition and highlighted Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim wedding ceremonies in turn during the course of the show.
The exhibition explored ways in which Indian people here, both immigrants and locally born, identify themselves as Indian, and how they express and maintain their cultures in this country. Fascinating personal stories from a wide range of community members about the introductions, preparations, and ceremonies that make up the whole wedding process were included. They revealed the huge variety of experiences across the different generations and religions.