In our school days, we only heard about the term ‘ghagra choli’, I’m talking about the days in late eighties and early nineties, but today, the refined form is the ‘lehenga choli’, which is now heard almost everywhere. Indian traditional attires have undergone a sea change, and today you find some exquisite designs and styles in the area of lehengas and cholis that have become special occasion clothing. The term ‘ghagra choli’ have somewhat become obsolete in the present day concept, and now taken over by the lehenga choli which is actually more gorgeous and lustrous. Today, this attire forms the core of bridal outfit as almost all brides in Northern India look for wearing this heavily embroidered attire during their special day, ie: the day of wedding. The rich colors are usually red, maroon and gold, as a bride prefer these shades for her auspicious day. The bridal lehengas of today are far more elaborate, extensive, heavy, intricate and rich in embroidery which looks exquisite for an occasion like wedding. So, when you shop for a designer bridal outfit, always keep three things in mind – color, craftsmanship and design.
Heavy Embroidery Patterns
Indian bridal attires are characterized by rich embroidery work on the body of the fabric, which is usually in silk or satin. Indian brides love to wear something heavy in embroidery and embellishment on the day of the wedding, to look unique and different from the crowd. Keeping that in mind, fashion clothing stores and brands like “Kalki” are now showcasing a wide range of zari, zardosi, resham, moti, mirror and sequin embroidered lehenga cholis and crop top lehengas that are customized to perfection. The gota patti work, resham embroidery, kundan jadau and gold/silver zari work on the bodice of the fabric is exquisite. The full body embellishment pattern, makes one such bridal lehenga choli, truly admirable. The rich color combination, coupled with the intricate thread work, makes one such bridal lehenga stand-out in the crowd. Today, it is the extensive use of zari and zardosi that makes one such lehenga choli, a classic piece of art. The more heavy the embroidery work, the more expensive the attire. So, you can well understand how the rustic ghagra choli has transformed itself over the years, and now taken the shape of a much more refined, elegant and gorgeous attire, that is indispensable as a traditional bridal attire.