And I knew that eventually they would become a Hindu wedding scene. But I needed the right fabric and other projects got in the way. Until Monday when I decided to quickly finish up this little scene.
For those not familiar with North India, West India, and Pakistan weddings, the Baraat is the tradition by which the groom arrives at his wedding. It is the start of the wedding celebration! There is singing, dancing, laughter, and for transporting the groom to the ceremony there is either a horse, elephant, or fancy car (in modern times as horses and elephants are harder to come by in some towns/cities).
I didn't want to make the whole Baraat procession because that would involve a lot of dolls to represent all the groom's family and friends, plus the musicians. Plus my bride already had her Bindi (the red dot on her forehead symbolizing a married woman's commitment to her husband and marriage). So I decided the ceremony was over, but the Baraat Elephant was still there for photos.
Created the seat first. The groom (and in some cases, a younger brother/nephew) would sit in the seat as the procession moves thru the streets. Using balsa wood I made the seat to sit on the lumpy elephant's back:
|Glued some edging to the fabric|
|Glued it to the elephant's back and added gold bangles to tusks|
|Glued a second draping and the covered seat on top|
|Start (well, I forgot to take a photo of the actual paper umbrella I used but this one is representative)|
|Removed the paper and spray painted it gold|
|Covered with fabric and some trim.|
|The underside fabric matches the seat chassis|
|Umbrella in place|
|Presentable, seen from above|
|Presentable under plexiglass|