WHAT IS A LEHENGA CHOLI / LAHENGA 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 Designer Lehenga Cholis are used as Bridal Garments. A more bold & bright colored version called the Ghagra-Choli is used mostly during the Navaratri festivals.
PARTS OR DIVISIONS OF LEHENGA CHOLI
Lehenga Choli is divided in three parts:
1.The Top: Choli
2. The Bottom: Lehenga / Ghaghra
3. The Dupatta / Odhni / chunni / Chunaria
1. CHOLI / BLOUSE
The blouse or the choli is a woman's upper item of clothing like a shirt, classically with a neck, buttons, and sleeves. Daily wear Lehangas / ghagras have a simple cotton blouse while party-wear & festive wear lehengas have different materials with embroidery, zari work, diamond work, prints and other embellishments to enhance its beauty.
The blouse is typically half-sleeves, but many women customize it according to their preference like full sleeves, threeforth or a more glamorous sleeveless one.
Another alteration that is made in the look of the blouse is by changing the neckline. Most common neck lines are round (u), v etc. It can be further changed according to the imagination of the wearer or the designer.
The back of the blouse can be made with different designs like the backless and other blouse designs.
2. LEHENGA / SKIRT
A Lehenga or Ghagra is a pleated or non pleated skirt 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 Traditional 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.
The third and the very important part of this dress is the dupatta. Although it is not a compulsory part of the Lehenga Choli but most ladies wear a dupatta with a Lehenga Choli. The Dupatta is big rectangular piece of fabric, worn around the head, shoulders and for covering the front portion of women’s body. It is like a scarf but quite bigger in size. Previously it was used to cover the head for decency and modesty but nowadays it is used a fashion statement. With different materials, works and prints, the duppata adds glamour and modesty to the dress.
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