Saree is a female worn Indian garment which stretches around five to six yards in length and is worn along with blouse material stitched according to their need of the wearer. When people of other countries utter the country name ‘INDIA’ the first thing that strikes everyone’s mind is the culture and tradition the Indians carries to be specific the type of traditional and colourful clothing the people wear and the minute detailings of the work the dress carries. So when it comes to Indian women’s dressing the one that lightens everyone’s mind is the saree- the colourful, grand attire stretching from head to toe wrapped in various styles according to the region, culture, their own state tradition and the type of saree they wear. There are more than 80 recorded ways to wear a sari and there are more than 30 types of regional sarees are found in India.
Ghagra is worn as a traditional daily wear in many parts of India especially Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and in other northern states. They are usually made of cotton soft fabrics and don’t have heavy work done on them and are mostly worn as a daily wear use and are pretty simple. The crepe and silk fabrics are with brocade work which are worn on some special occasions. Whereas the ghagra-style saree is a modern garment introduced in India that blends elements of the traditional saree and lehenga choli. A ghagra-style saree is normally 5 yards to 6 yards long. To wear one, unlike a sari, one does not have to form pleats but may simply tuck and drape. Like that of a traditional saree, the ghagra-style saree is worn over a petticoat, along with a blouse called the choli, which is the upper garment. The style of choli mostly resembles that of the choli of a conventional lehenga or ghagra choli. Sometimes conventional blouses are also matched with ghagra-style saree. This type of saree is mostly of a halter neck style, deep neck, or backless style. As with choli worn with the saree, these are also embellished with kundan, beads, mirrors, etc.
Various types of embroidery patterns are used for a ghagra-style saree. Bagh, chikan, kashida, kasuti, kantha, sozni, shisha, and zardozi are some of the commonly practiced types of embroidery in the ghagra-style saree. Bagh is a heavy based embroidery which completely hides the base fabric. Kashida is a Kashmiri embroidery type which is a very colorful and depicts the Kashmiri style in its patterns.
Embellishments used in ghagra-style sarees patterns include silver embroidery, golden embroidery, metal beads, real pearls, wood beads, glass beads, mirror work, lace work, Kundan, sequins, glittering stones, and zardozi. Mostly rich fabrics like silk, georgette, brasso, brocade, chiffon, crepe, etc., are used in the making of a ghagra-style saree.
As these type of ghagra saree usually comes in a soft material with minute to heavy hand and machine work with bit costly maintenance plays a vital role here usually dry cleaning and wrapped in soft material to keep up the works on the fabric. Visit LimeRoad and shop the most exotic collections of ghagra style sarees with different colours and pattern suitable for your style. Happy shopping!!