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Lehenga Holds Indian Rich Tradition

Thursday, 30 April 2009

lehengaNone but only a right dress could make you feeling good. Lehenga is such an outfit that is very much famous as traditional outfit especially to Indian women. Being ancient cloth of India, lehenga holds the country's tradition and supremacy in the line of women dress-up. In recent times, designer lehengas have snatched the hearts of modern women including Indian diaspora community around the world.

Women wherever they live around the India are crazy for the traditional outfit, lehenga cholis. It has been making demand over the decades since its appearance. Its exotic design has become globally renowned. Lehenga cholis became visible in India in the course of Mughal period (1576-1757). Women lived in Rajasthan state wore Lehenga at first and after that it extended widely throughout the India. 

Lehenga in fact incorporates a long skirt that goes up to the knee. It is usually seen loose and relaxing and is tied at the side of waist. And the 'choli' refers to a short fitted top with short sleeves worn at the upper part of body.

With a view to outshine your dress-up, lehenga cholis are usually worn in the special events like wedding, engagement, parties etc. Today, this apparel is designed making balance with both traditional features as well as modern trends. And to get your best fitting with lehenga-cholis, it would be possible to tailor as per your right body measurement. 

A wide variety of mesmerizing styles exist through the lehengas including simple or casual lehengas, designer wedding lehengas, embroidered lehengas (having zari, exclusive kundan etc) and so on. Lehenga appears with its distinctive rich colors, various fabrics as well as designs that make it popular in gala occasions, festivals or any other party. 

Wedding is undoubtedly a gala day to a woman especially in the Indian culture. Thus wedding outfits are very important in terms of snatching people's attention, choosing right clothes, colors for a bride in that special day. Lehenga has made its own sort of popularity among brides along with some other clothes, adornments, ornaments etc. Though there have a lot of options for choosing the wedding dresses, lehenga has been dominating on that particular occasion making its own special demand to the women at their marriage ceremony. 

Brides reside in different states in India have different interest in their wedding outfits. While salwar-kameez is the best dress for Punjabi bride, Maharashtrian brides go with sarees and Rajasthani brides choose lehengas. Similarly, lehenga-choli is used as the ethnic attire for Rajasthan and Gujarat women. 

You can find your best choice from the variety of colors like peach, pink, lilac, sky blue, light, pastel shades, medium range blues or sea green found in the line of lehengas. The ruby red, rust, bright orange, turquoise and navy blue are also alternative options. You can even alternate lehenga's colors keeping pace with the occasion, your skin complexion. Deep navy or sapphire blue along with silver accents would be the best fitted for evening parties. For morning events you can go with gold and copper colors. Bright colors could be the best option for Dusky skin while the women in fair skin can opt for almost all colors. And it is also possible to find seasonal lehengas for summer, fall or spring.

For attending any gala occasion lehengas are designed with heavy embroidery works. Sometimes dupatta, worn for covering women head and upper body, is also dressed with lehenga cholis (also familiar as ghagra choli). To craft Lehenga, a variety of rich materials are used along with chiffon and silk. And the traditional lehengas hold hand embroidery works that bear distinctive quality providing a real feminine charm.  

A lot of pieces are available in the line of lehenga cholis, namely crepe lehenga cholis, designer georgette lehenga, silk lehenga styles, tissue lehenga cholis. Crepe lehenga contains diverse embroidery works like dabka, kundan, zari, sequins, stones and even swarowski crystal with fashionable colors as pink, yellow, magenta, black. Lehengas that are crafted with using silk bear elegant look. Likewise, it is also very graceful fabric found in various colors, styles, designs and motifs.

Designer lehengas are stitched just keeping in mind the modern fashion trends. It offers a wide range of aesthetic embroidery works along with diverse colors and patterns bringing timeless appeal to feminine beauty. Different materials like woven silks, crepes, brocades, crinkled tissues, tussars embellished with gold, zardozi, antique work, pearls, mirrors are used to design modern designer lehengas. The ethnic chikan embroidery is also used to manufacture the Designer lehenga.

Some lehenga sets hold exclusive designs having mirrors as well as beads in their flawless craftworks.

Lehenga is usually priced between $100 and $500 while some of the items are highly expensive in terms of their prices, styles, embroidery. The Fuschia and peach pure georgette lehenga choli is cost $929 while white and maroon pure georgette lehenga is rated at $421.

Women belong to different age attire lehengas in different ways. Young ladies wear lehengas bringing different styles. They are sometimes seen without mid-riffs and sometimes draping dupatta around their shoulders or over their head.

Wearing lehenga Bollywood stars are frequently appeared in different scenes of movies. Kareena and Kajol's beautifully crafted ghagra cholis (red and light pastel shade) seen in the film, 'Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham', would be unforgettable scenery to the audience. 

Md. Asraful Alam

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