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18 July Tuesday

WHAT IS DOWRY? WHAT SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN A DOWRY LIST?

Although the word dowry has lost its true meaning in today's modern world, it is still a valid concept. In the past, a dowry was considered as a financial contribution of a woman for her house.

Because in those days, the sole income of a home was provided by the husband.

Therefore, families would start preparing a dowry when a daughter is born and accumulate a dowry comprising of many items until their child reaches the matrimonial age.

However, in this day and age, income is provided by both men and women. Therefore, most couples prefer to buy the items in the dowry, jointly. However, of course, there are many families who continue the dowry tradition.

Those who continue the tradition, what items do they save or purchase for their dowry? In the past, women would include handmade items such as lace and crochet works. However, nowadays brides prefer to purchase ready to wear items instead of unused items mentioned above.

In any event, the main purpose of the dowry can be described as the contribution to a new home. But for this, you have to first make a list hence need to know what is included in a dowry.

Let us say in advance, items on the dowry list are not a rule, you may be jointly purchasing them with your spouse.

But knowing each one is very meaningful in order to make up for the shortcomings in your new home.

Here are the items that should be on the dowry list.

1. Kitchen utensils

Among the kitchen utensils are all kinds of things that are included in the kitchen and that can be used there. However, listing them briefly will greatly ease your task. Here are the first things that come to mind about kitchenware:

  • Guest dinnerware and silverware
  • Daily use dinnerware and silverware
  • Teflon and steel cookware
  • Tea glass set
  • Breakfast set
  • Water, drink etc. glass sets
  • Pan set
  • Coffee set
  • Teapot
  • Pressure cooker
  • Tray set
  • Service set (ladle, serving fork, etc.)
  • Knife set
  • Wooden spoons
  • Breakfast container set
  • Cake pan
  • Grater, strainer
  • Salt, pepper shaker; spice set
  • Oil dispenser, vinegar pourer, lemon castor
  • Pitcher
  • Storage containers
  • Salad bowls
  • Whisker, lemon squeezer
  • Snack set
  • Electric appliances such as mixer, blender
  • Cutting board
  • Table mat
  • Opener
  • Garlic crushing tool

2. Home textile items

The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to home textiles are the laces and covers handcrafted by our mothers. We do not know if there are those who still like to use them, but the list we are going provide is actually made up of home textile products that you can purchase. Here are the first things that come to mind about home textile goods that need to be found in a dowry:

  • Bedlinen sets
  • Quilt sets
  • Blankets
  • Sleep sets
  • Table clothes for daily use and for guests
  • Bathrobe set
  • Hand and bath towels
  • Spare pillow and duvet
  • Bathroom set
  • Cooking apron, oven gloves
  • Carpets, hall rug
  • Tulle curtain/roller blind
  • American services
  • Hand-made laces upon request

3.White appliances

White goods are a must setting up a new home. The white goods that need to be included in a dowry are as follows;

  • Refrigerator
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Oven

4.Electric appliances

Electric appliances are as important as the white appliances in a home. Electric appliances to be purchased for your dowry may be listed as below:

  • Iron
  • Electric cleaner
  • TV
  • Hair drying machine
  • Toast machine, rondo, blender etc.
  • Hair wand, straightener etc.

These items on the dowry list should be purchased firstly. Of course, all of these can be reduced and increased as needed or desired. You should simply make a list before you complete your dowry. Thus, you can arrange your home perfectly on day one. In addition, the dowry list earns you considerable time in the intensive preparation process.

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