My Nepali friend, Ms. Chetan, just got back from her long vacation and brought me a pair of Ruby Slippers. These are actually wedding shoes, worn by Aryan-Nepali women on their big day and are called, Kaapa Lnaka (shoes made out of cloth). Leather is considered impure in their places of worship as well as ceremonies such as matrimony thus, never worn. Floral motifs are predominantly appliquéd in red, gold and green signifying fortune, good luck and prosperity, that a new bride would bring to her new home.
RED is a favorable color among the Nepali people and for them, marriage is not only the union of two bodies but also,
of two souls joined together for life, and hereafter.
It's nice to think that this age-old custom is still adhered to in today's modern fashion. Such a pure and simple sentiment, that makes me admire more the richness of Nepali culture.