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Introduction of Ghagra Choli/ Lehenga Choli

A Ghagra Choli or a Lehenga Choli is the traditional clothing of women in Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Indian Lehanga choli, the outfit of tribals has gained popularity not just in India but is casting its magic on western women too. An original creation of Rajasthan, lehenga choli has become the center of attraction of all festivals and parties. This women's ethnic wear is known by varied names Chaniya Choli, Sharara and Ghagra choli. Elegant and graceful, this festivity attire is easy to carry. A lehenga or ghagra is a pleated skirt and is worn with a long or short, stitched and fitted blouse (the choli). The ghagra is secured at the waist and leaves the back and midriff bare. Ghagra choli is also worn with a dupatta, a 2.5 meters of light transparent material usually georgette. The dupatta is worn like a scarf or veil.

Choli (blouse) is usually tight fitted to give you just the perfect sexy look. Dupatta is not compulsory but yes it definitely embellishes the beauty of your wardrobe. Designer Dupatta comes up in a variety of beautiful shades with elaborate designs. Dupatta can be draped in distinct styles. Latest draping style is that of wrapping it around the arms to make a unique fashion statement. Embroideries add on glamour to the brocade. Mirror work, Zari, Gota, Meenakari, Kundan and Resham work looks simply fabulous.


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Lehenga Choli became popular as attire amongst women mainly in North India, during the 10th century. The lehenga evolved through fine craftsmanship with the arrival of Mughals in India and their subsequent rule from the 12th to the 18th century. The original, ancient form of lehenga was mainly stitched from cotton, after which royal fabrics and embroideries like silk & brocade were used, making lehenga further evolve into royal attire.



Lehenga Choli continues to undergo transitions with time, with cultural influences molding its silhouette or style in the multiple versions of the lehenga choli known to us today. Talking of traditional styles, there are a lot of variations to the lehenga – the Sharara, Gharara and Lacha. The Sharara, Lacha and Gharara are lower attires, emerging from the 18th and 19th century and resemble flared pants. The common trait in all the three outfits is that they are three piece outfits comprising a blouse, long skirt, and a dupatta and are most popular as wedding outfits. The Sharara has a joint below or at the knee level, while the skirt below spreads out. The Sharara is worn with a Kurti and one or more dupattas. When two dupattas are worn, one is usually used as a veil and the other is draped on the shoulders. It is generally worn on weddings.


Festive attire

The lehenga choli is the favourite female apparel worn during festivals, weddings or special events in India. This is due to traditions as well as of the fact that it is available in a number of fabrics with many different decorative choices. Traditionally the sari and the lehenga choli are the most popular garments for the bride in India. But it is common bridal attire mostly in North India and is also the traditional wear of Garba festival in Gujarat.



The lehengas are made of a number of fabrics such as Silk, Cotton, Khadi, Georgette, Crape, Net, Satin, Brocade and Chiffon. Even though designers have successfully used the various kinds of fabrics for making the lehenga, silk is still the most preferred fabric.


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