Bridal Lehengas For Women
Lehenga, also known as Lehenga Choli, is a three-piece attire comprising the lehenga which looks like long beautiful skirt worn by Indian women across India. Secured at the waist with the midriff left bare, lehenga is usually worn on ceremonial occasions by Indian girls on their engagement & weddings. Lehenga is generally embroidered, printed or embellished and is paired with a fitting blouse called ‘choli’. Additionally, the lehenga and choli is paired with a ‘dupatta’ which is worn like a sari pallu and covers the midriff and head, which also depends on how one wishes to drape it, going by the occasion.
The original, ancient form of lehenga was mainly hand stitched from cotton, after which royal fabrics and embroideries like silk, velvet & brocade were used, making lehenga further evolve into royal attire.
The Making Of Bridal Lehengas
The intricate stitching of a Bridal lehenga choli dupatta set takes about a minimum of twenty days depending on factors like the fabric used in making, embellishments.
Hand-stitched,hand-woven & minutely hand decorated Lehengas end up taking longer owing to the detailing that goes into it.
Lehenga Choli continues to undergo variations with time, growing fashion, fusion of western and Indian ethnic and 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 namely the Sharara and Lacha. Sharara, Lacha are variations in lower attires, emerging from the 18th and 19th centuries and resemble flared pants. The common trait in all the three outfits is that they are all three piece outfits comprising a blouse, long skirt with variation, and a dupatta and are most popular as wedding outfits.
The Sharara is innovation in Lehenga which is trendy these days that has a joint below or at the knee level, while the skirt below spreads out. The Sharara is worn with a Kurti or with a blouse and one or more dupattas. When two dupattas are worn, brides generally use one as a veil and the other is draped on the shoulders. It is generally worn on Indian weddings.
Wearing A Bridal Lehenga
Lehengas are mainly preferred these days rather than a full 6 meter saree by Indian women and worn to very special events such as weddings. However, depending on the amount of work, embroidery and detailing on the lehenga, one can team it with ethnic jewelry, like kundan, polka, precious stones, jewels,meenakari, etc.
For climatic suitability, Lehengas can be worn all year long as they are evergreen wear! thanks to the options available in fabric! The lehengas in heavy fabrics like brocade, velvet, satin and silk are best suited for winters. Lighter fabrics like silk, cotton, georgette and crepe can be worn in the summers.
Bridal Lehengas being heavy need to be dry cleaned due to the multiple colors, fabrics used and the embellishments on them. Bridal lehengas should be stored in a dry place wrapped in plastic or a clean white cloth to prevent the metal decorations from tarnish. Dry-cleaning these heavy lehengas is the ideal way of maintaining them.
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