A TO Z FASHION DIRECTORY – TERMINOLOGY

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ANARKALI:

It  is a special type of Salwar kameez Dress worn by the Indian and Pakistani women.

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ANARKALI DRESS:

It  is a special type of Salwar kameez Dress worn by the Indian and Pakistani women. It has a salwar a Anarkali kameez and a duapatta.

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ASTAR:

It  is a  cloth or garment (generally  of Cotton / Polyester) usually worn under main garment. It is used if the garment cloth is very thin or the material is itchy. it is also called Lining or Inner.

ARTSILK / ARTSILK FABRIC :

It  is an Artificial Cloth Designed and manufactured to give impression of Silk. In other words it is synthetic silk.

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BEMBERG / BEMBERG FABRIC / BEMBERG MATERIAL:

Bemberg material is an artificial material, created from Rayon yarn. The Bemberg fabric was invented in 1918. It is named after its German Developer Mr. JP  Bemberg.

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BRASSO / BRASSO FABRIC / BRASSO MATERIAL:

It  is a special type of material or fabric made by burning layers that give a very special effect.

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BRIDE:

A bride is lady who is about to be married or newly married. In India and Pakistan A Bride is also called Dulhan.

BRIDAL DRESS:

A Bridal Dress is a special dress a woman selects for her marriage day. In another words, it is a dress a Brides wears.

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BRIDAL SAREEE:

Special Sari to be worn on the marriage by Indian women. Bridal Sarees are usually very heavily worked upon with Zari and Zardozi to give it a perfrect wedding look.

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BRIDAL LEHENGA CHOLI DRESS:

It is a Special Dress worn by The Indian Sub-continent Brides. It is divided into a Lehenga and a Choli and worn with a very heavily embellished dupatta.  The Bridal Lehenga Choli is made beautiful and special with the very heavy work and rich colors and special materials.

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BROCADE / BROCADE FABRIC / BROCADE MATERIAL:

Brocade is an artificial (Synthetic) fabric that is related with lavishness and fashion. It is usually preferred for Party wear or functional dresses in Indian Womens Clothing.

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BRIDAL SALWAR KAMEEZ:

It is a special dress worn on the wedding day by the Indian and Pakistani Women. What sets it apart from the regular dress is the color and work done on it.

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BLOUSE :

It is the top portion of the dress or Saree. It is also called the Choli in India.

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CHOLI :

It is the top portion of the dress or Saree. It can also be called a blouse.

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CHURIDAR / CHURIDAAR / CHUDIDAR :

It is a special type of Salwar that is worn by the Indian  Pakistani Women. This is the most sought after and invouge salwar. Dating back to ancient Indian moghul era, this bottom style has made a great comeback. Churidar Salwars were made famous by movies like Moghul-E-Azaam, Pakeeza, Anarkali etc. Recently Bollywood designers have brought them again to the International fashion scenario.

The distinctive feature of this salwar is the Wrinkles and horizontal layers that are formed around the ankle. This layers or wrinkles are called Churis that gives this salwar a majestic look.

To give this wrinkled look the salwar is sewn much lengthier and tighter then the wearer’s length (waist to toe). A wrinkled layer is formed due to this extra length. The Chrudiar salwars are usually worn with the Anarkali and Churidar dresses.

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CHIFFON / CHIFFON FABRIC / CHIFFON MATERIAL:

Chiffon is a lightweight, pure, basic woven cloth that is made Cotton, silk or synthetic fibers. In Indian Dressing Chiffon fabric is usually used for Dupattas and Sarees.

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COTTON / COTTON FABRIC / COTTON MATERIAL:

Cotton is a natural yarn that originates from the Cotton Plant.  It is manufactured from the CottonSeed or the Cotton Flower that grows on the Plant. Cotton is environment friendly. It is also called breathing fabric due to its natural characteristics.

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CREPE / CREPE FABRIC / CREPE MATERIAL:

Crepe is a type of fabric. It can be natural or artificial. Presently Polyester Crepe is mostly used. American, French, & Russian Crepes are different varieties of this fabric. It has a slightly crispy feel to it.

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CHANDERI / CHANDRI SILK / CHANDER FABRIC:

Chanderi is special type of Silk fabric. It gets its name from its home town Chanderi  in Madhya Pradesh, India. Chanderi Silk Sarees are famous around the world for its Royal look.

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DUPION / DHUPAIN / DHUPION / DUPIONI/:

Dupioni a type of silk fabric that is made from Twin silk fabrics that are very rare and hard to find. This fabric has shimmer quality.

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DESIGNER

A designer is specialist master that makes dresses with specialized properties.

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DESIGNER ANARKALI DRESSES

These are specially designed form of Anarkali Salwar kameez.

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DESIGNER SALWAR KAMEEZ

These are specially designed form Salwar kameez.

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DESIGNER SAREES

These are specially designed or crafted Saress

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DESIGNER BRIDAL LEHENGA CHOLI

These are specially designed or Crafted Lehenga Cholis for Brides.

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EMBROIDERY / EMBROIDERY WORK

It is the art of enhancing the look of the garment with the help of Needle and Thread / Yarn. It may also have other materials like beads, diamond, pearls, Tiki, Moti, Sequin etc.

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ETHNIC / INDIAN ETHNIC COLLECTION / INDIAN WOMEN ETHNIC DRESSES

In Fashion terms Ethnic means a dress / Garment originated and / or worn by the people of special regions.

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FASHION

The Prevailing style of Garments.

FISH CUT BRIDAL LEHENGA CHOLI DRESS

Marriage is the most auspicious day in the life of a women. She has to look her best on this Big Day. One thing that separates her from all other women on that day is the attire. The Fish Cut Bridal Lehenga Choli has become one of the favorites of the modern Brides. It looks great with heavy Zari and embroidery work. The Fish cut Bridal Lehenga is also called Mermaid Bridal Lehenga Choli. It looks absolutely stunning on wearing.

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GEORGETTE / GEORGETTE FABRIC / GEORGETTE MATERIAL

It is a type of Crepe fabric, named after a French dress maker.

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FLORAL PRINT

It is a type of Print done on the garment with floral work on it.  It looks very good and always in vogue.

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GHARARA / BRIDAL GARARA

The Gharara can also be called one type of Variation of the Lehenga Choli. It is like Sharara cut into two horizontal parts. The Choli in this case is long and resembles the Kurti more. The Bottom of the Gharara has Pant or Parallel Salwar like parts. The Pant here is straight or parallel upto the Knees and then a full Umbrella like round Cut is given till the ground on both the sides. It is also loved and preferred as bridal wear for more fashion loving and confident brides.

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HANDWORK

It is a special ethnic work done on garments in the Indian Subcontinent (especially India, Pakistan & Banglades), Iran & China. It is a special talent transferred from generation to generation. Handwork garments are costly compared to the Machine worked garments. It  gives a lavish look to the person wearing Handwork garments.

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INDIAN ETHNIC COLLECTION / INDIAN WOMEN ETHNIC DRESSES

Special Dresses worn by the women in and around the Indian Subcontinent.

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Those websites which cater to the Indian shopping needs specializing in the garment sector.

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JACKET LOOK ANARKALI DRESSES

Special type of Anarkali dress with a jacket (koti) look.

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JACQUARD / JACQUARD FABRIC / JACQUARD MATERIAL

It is a special type of fabric in which the design is included into the knit instead of printing or dyeing.  It is mostly used in partywear and festival wear dresses.

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JARI / ZARI

It is a special kind of thread especially in Golden and Silver colours. Nowadasy many metallic colors are also used in the manufacturing of Zaris. In olden time real gold and silver was also used in zari manufacturing

KOTI LOOK ANARKALI DRESSES

Special type of Anarkali dress with a koti  (jacket ) look.

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KHATLI WORK  

Special type of work done on the garment.

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KUNDAN WORK

Special type of work done on the garment with stone (precious , semi precious or nowadays artificial stones)

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LEHENGA

A lehenga or ghagra is a skirt with or without pleats and is worn with a long or short, stitched and fitted blouse (the choli). The lehenga is worn from the waist to the floor. For daily and casual wear a simple cotton lehenga is preferred but for festival and occasions Lehengas with heavy embroidery and work are given a choice.

The Bridal Lehenga Choli with traditional colors and heavy works are favorite of the Indian and Pakistani Brides.

 

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LEHENGA CHOLI

Lehenga Choli is a traditional Indian wear for Women. It is a two part garment, The Lower One is called the Lehenga and the Top one is called the Choli. Other than Lehanga it is also called Ghagra, Gagra. For easier understanding Lehenga can also be called “The Indian version of Skirt (Desi Skirt)”. The choli is a another name for blouse. So a lehenga choli can be called a Skirt & Blouse.

The Sharara, Gharara and Lancha can be called different versions of this dress

The Lehenga-Choli is worn across the Indian Subcontinent . in the modern times the Desgigner Lehenga Cholis are used as Bridal Garments. A more bold & bright colored version called the Ghagra-Choli is used mostly during the Navratri festivals.

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LANCHA / LACHA / BRIDAL WEAR LANCHA

Lancha is also one of the Bridal wear and more like sharara. It is also loved by Brides across the Indian subcontinent. It is heavily embroidered and looks very royal. It is also heavily embroidered with Zari and Zardozi.

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MANIPURI SILK

It is a special type of silk produced in the eastern Indian State, Manipur.

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NET / NET FABRIC

It is special type of fabric with different types of holes in it. The holes are generally very small and can be in hexagonal patterns.

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PATIALA SALWAR / PATIALA SHALWAR

These are very vibrant and fashionable salwars. From the interiors of the Punjabi heartland this salwars have won the hearts of all ladies. The Patiala salwars are usually loose and worn and upto ankle length. Vertical (straight) wrinkles / Pleats  are given for a stylish look. They are worn both with Kurtas and kurtis.

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RESHAM / RESHAM EMBROIDERY

Resham is the ethnic name for silk.  There are many types of Silk (Resham) famous from different states of India . Most famous among Indian Reshams are Kanjivaram silk (Kanchipuram Resham from South India), Banarasi Silk (Resham from Varanasi / Benaras , Uttar Pradesh), Manipuri  silk etc.

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SALWAR  KAMEEZ  / SALWAR SUIT :

Simply put, a Salwar kameez (also spelled as Shalwar Kameez or Shalwar Qameez) is a traditional dress worn by the Asian women especially India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is also called as Punjabi suit  or salwar suit or salwar kurta.

There are many variations and designs in the Salwar kameez. It has evolved from Ethnic dress to modern day fashion statement. All along its growth the salwar suit has have not lost its style quotient. It looks great on any body type and age group.

It is worn across the Indian sub-continent with much pride and love. It is basically a three part dress with the Top called the Kurta or Kameez, A Bottom or the Salwar and a dupatta / Odhni / Chunni. Comfort and Glamour are the words that describe the Shalwar kameez.

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SARIS / SARI / SAREES / SAREE / SAREEZ / SARIZ:

Simply put, a Saree or a Sari is a traditional dress worn by Asian women especially India and its neighboring countries like Bangladesh , Sri-lanka, Nepal etc. An item of women clothing consisting of a long cloth with one end covered about the waist to form a skirt and the other draped over the shoulder or covering the head.

It Consists of many yards of fabric that is draped (covered) around the body. Modern sarees are around 5.5 meters in length. Sarees are much loved by the Indian women for their glamorous looks and simplicity. It has evolved from ancient Indian Ethnic dress to modern day fashion statement. All along its growth the saris have not lost its style quotient. Saree is  worn by Most Indian Women of various age groups.

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TISSUE / TISSUE FABRIC:

Tissue is one type of fabric that is available in both Polyester and Nylon yarns.

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ZARI / JARI / ZARI WORK

It is a special kind of thread especially in Golden and Silver colours. Nowadasy many metallic colors are also used in the manufacturing of Zaris. In olden time real gold and silver was also used in zari manufacturing

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ZARDOZI / ZARDOSI / ZARDOUSI WORK

It is a special kind of thread especially in Golden colour.

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