Designer Lehenga

Lehenga / Ghagare

Lehenga or Ghagara is an traditional Indian costume. Many of you must be familiar with designer lehenga. I shall share some interesting facts and information. It can be worn as a saree at any occasions such as wedding,  festival, bridal and party wear.  The main difference in Lehenga sarees with a normal sari is that, no pleats are to be formed at the front. Generally, lehenga style saree come with side hooks. The hook-it-and-fix technique fits the lehenga saree smoothly at the waist. It is famous in northern and southern parts of India. Different type of fabrics are used such as net, art silk, dupion silk, tissue, georgette, velvet, viscose, cotton, brocade, satin, jacquard, crepe, chiffon. You can also do interesting works depending on occasions you wear, such as printed, embroidery , woven, brasso and plain. It is a form of long skirt with embroidery work and pleated. You can also have different type of look contemporary, designer and traditional as per the occasions you wear. Designers have creatively crafted latest lehenga style designs in various styles as per individual choice. Further as per individual choices the lehenga style can be crafted by patch work, zari work, beads, gota patti, stone work, resham embroidery, hand embroidery, mirror work,  block print, bandhej,  thread work, zardosi work, dubka work, tie dye, kasab work, chanderi, kantha work, booti work, raw silk, pure crepe, faux georgette, aari work, floral print, kundan work, abstract print, pure georgette, lehariya, jamavar silk, screen print, banarasi silk, bhagalpuri and the list goes on. So what are you waiting for, grab to your choice of lehenga style, it can be sari or any other designer patterns .

How to drape Lehenga style saree

In lehenga saree style the plain end of the saree is tucked into the petticoat and  is wrapped  around the waist, similar to wearing a regular saree. The pleats are replaced with embellished gotas or panels at the front. This reflects the main feature of  a lehenga saree. Pleats are formed in a normal saree. In lehenga style one continues to tuck in the drape without doing any pleats. Then the pallu is draped over the shoulder. If we Compare with normal sarees draping, a lehenga style is much simple and hassle-free.

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Gota Embroidery
Gota Embroidery

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Wedding Sarees

Gharcholasaree

Gharchola/Panetar Saree

Hello friends, in previous post we shared about Bandhni or Bandhej Saree. Similar to Bandhni, we have Ghatchola and Panetar saree which is famous  as wedding sarees in Gujarati and Jain community wears. It is mostly worn in weddings by the bride. It is very beautiful, elegant and gorgeous look of kutchi and thread work with aabhla.  The main difference Bandhni and Gharchola or Panetar is the fabric. Silk and zari threads are used. It comes with an unusual combination of bandhani work and modern designs. It is weaved by specialist weavers. The rest same procedure of Bandhni making  is followed.

 

Gharchola Saree
Gharchola Saree

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Gharchola saree is gifted by bride’s in-laws. Along with the sari gharchola chunni is worn over the head & shoulder by the bride. During the saat pheras (an Indian weeding ritual), one end is tied to the shawl and the other end is carried by the groom. It signifies the moving of girl from her maternal home to her new one. You will find use of rich pattern and design such as dots, squares, elephant, flowers, raas leela, bhavan bagh and others. The most unique part of it is its draping style. Pallu falls in the front which gives contrast color to blouse with sari. For example, you can wear a dark red ghatchola saree with a golden color blouse. Mix and match of fabrics is used such as cotton, silk, benarasi, georgette.

Panetar is Gujarati wedding sari for brides. Its is gifted by bride’s maternal uncle. The bride wears panetar sari at the start of wedding an at the end of the wedding gharchola is worn.

The main highlight of gharchola saree is the weaving style. First the gharchola are woven with silk & zari thread and then made elegant by the bandhani work on it. Panetar is worn as a sari or chania choli. It has a white body along with red border. The fabric for weaving is gajji silk at the plain white body along with stripes and checks design of gold zari. These checks patterns are crammed of little golden motifs of various designs like floral designs, lotus, elephants etc.

Red is the preferred color of this sari. It is filled with white and yellow or green dots. The length of the saree is approximated 6 meters and is 48 inches in width. The designs are mostly based on checks and squares as a base. Gharchola saree is also called as Bar Bagh due to 12 sqaures design and Bhavan Bagh due to 52 squares. For long storage it is advisable to dry clean it and don’t  keep it in direct sunlight.

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These were some basic information on gharchola and panetar saree. They are available at all leading saree shops and online shopping websites. I hope this short post must have given you a brief idea about this sari. If you have any suggestions do share with us. If you find this article helpful, please share this article with your loved ones by clicking on any of the social sharing buttons. You can also give us a feedback or comment by filling the box below. To receive posts, subscribe to our blog.  Your feedback is important for us to share quality information on beauty and lifestyle updates.

Bandhani Sarees

Bandhani

Bandhni Sarees

Hello friends, welcome to our next tour of Indian costumes. The purpose of this blog is to give a brief outlay of what Indian dressing sense is about. I will also share other Indian dresses style; it may be sari or salwar kameez step by step.

India is made of different states and each state has its unique fashion sense.  In my earlier post, I shared about different types of sarees. To recap, the different type of sarees are paithani, Kanchipuram, Banarasi, Chanderi, Pochampalli, Chikankari and many more. Today I will share about one of my favourite destination Rajasthan and Gujarat. Bandhani sari is  called by different names like Bandhej, Bandana, banda. It comes from Kutchh, Gujarat developed by Khatri community. It is manufactured mainly in Udaipur, Pali, Jaipur, Ajmer, Bikaner, Ahmedabad, Surat and Jamnagar. Bandhej is sold in market with fold and tied knots. The basic design has approximately 70000 dots. The cost depends on number of dots, design and pattern. High quality of skills is required in making it. It takes years of practice for the craftsman to perfect the art of making bandhani sari and dupatta. It is a type of tie-dye technique. As the name suggests tie means tying the various sections of the cloth length. In this method the border of cloth is tied to the pattern by putting the thread thru one end to other in a loose stitch and later on the entire portion is brought together by way of pulling thread from other end. Dyeing means immersing it in bins of color. In the process of making bandhani, initially the fabric is washed and bleached and later tying is done. Then the fabric is immersed in light color initially and if required then put in a dark dye depending on design and color combination desired, the process is repeated again if required. Different patterns of bandhej are made like Leharia and Checkered pattern. The leharia pattern as the name suggests is a wavy style, the fabric is rolled in a diagonal way and the method is repeated till the required numbers of colors are done. In checkered pattern the cloth is again rolled in a diagonal way from opposite corners. Mostly natural and dark colors are used in bandhani sarees. Other variant of bandhej such as dupatta, salwar kameez is also worn in India. It is a combination of colors, black, purple, orange, red etc. The fabrics used are either cotton or silk.  Mostly dark colors are used and background is red or black. Various symbols such as strips, dots, squares etc. are used. Bandhani dress material are of different patterns are made such as ekdali, leheriaya, mothra etc. I hope this was an small effort to let you know what Bandhni dress. I hope you must have enjoyed reading this post on bandhej sarees.

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Bandhani Saree-Image : Flickr.com-By Piyush K.under CC License

These were some basic information on bandhani sarees. They are easily available in all major cities of India and online shopping websites. But the best places to buy are from Gujarat or Rajasthan or in cultural fairs organized by their state emporiums and its outlets. If you have any suggestions do share with us. If you find this article helpful, please share this article with your loved ones by clicking on any of the social sharing buttons. You can also give us a feedback or comment by filling the box below. To receive posts, subscribe to our blog.  Your feedback is important for us to share quality information on beauty and lifestyle updates.

Sari Draping – II

Saree

Hello friends,

In previous post we have seen different types of indian styles of draping sarees. In todays post we shall see other types. Each type of draping is unique and different from each other. It requires good practice and skill to perfect these types.

Tamil Style

In this sari draping style, one of the basic difference is nine yard of sai is used instead of six. In this style, we use multiple tucks with pleats to form a sari. Similar to maharashtrian style, it can be worn without petticoat. Pallu is folded in half and tucked to the waist allowing the women to to go about her chores.

Gujarati Style

This is one of my favourite style. Gujarat has a rich culture. It may be their food, history, music, costumes. This sari draping style is so famous that people all over the world wear it. It looks very elegant and is very comfortable. In this style, pleats face right as compared to left in other styles. Pallu is worn from the back to the front from right side. Then the pallu is tucked at back securing it properly. This type of drape gives an elaborate border.

Kodagu Style

This style is famous in Karnataka, a state in India. It is also famous in southern parts of India.  In this style pallu is put on to the right shoulder and then held in place by a pin. The pleats are tucked in in the back.

Tribal Style

This style is famous in parts of Tamil Nadu, a state in India. Blouse is not worn and a piece of cloth bound over the bust line is taken as blouse. It is draped slightly above the ankles. It is worn mainly by tribal womens.

Northern Style

In this style, skirt pleats and pallu is draped around shoulders, over the chest. End of the pallu covers the bosom.

Kerala Mundu Style

It is one of the most simplest style and my favourite. It has two different pieces. One piece is worn as the bottom part and the top portion is used as pallu.

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Types Of Saree Draping

Saree

Sari is traditional Indian wear, worn all over India, in different styles. It is a long piece of cloth measuring between 1.5 to 5 meters. It is made of different raw materials (cotton, silk etc.). sari is one of  the oldest type of costumes worn in world till date. I am briefing about types of saree draping below such as traditional and new ways of draping sari. It also depends on texture of your sari , style of blouse and drape. You can try any style. The best part is, sari can be worn at any occasions, it may be traditional ceremonies, festivals, party or wedding.

Traditional

The easiest and frequently worn. Sari is draped once around waist with pleats are formed and tucked in middle facing left. The other part of  cloth is slung over left shoulder. It covers lady’s torso. The top part called pallu is pleated, pinned neatly to the shoulder or can be left open.

Nivi

 In this drape style sari is pleated in front facing the left. The pallu is worn over the left shoulder.

Bengali Drape

 In this  sari draping styles, sari is draped without pleats. Sari is wrapped around waist then drawn back to the right side of pallu is slung over left shoulder. Then it is pulled up from under right arm. Then slung it over left shoulder. To add more attractions an ornate key bunch is attached at the edge.

Maharashtrian Drape

 In this style, sari is worn without petticoat. A part of fabric is  tucked between the legs to divide them. It resembles a dhoti style. The pallu drapes the shoulder / is used to cover the head.

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Saree Draping

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Sari Draping

Ganesh Chaturthi the much awaited festival in Maharashtra is arriving this weekend. Many of you must be busy with its preparations. In this blog, I will guide you, on how to wear a saree in traditional way for  festival occasions. Perfect saree draping is not easy especially for beginners. It may be south Indian, Bengali, North Indian, Gujarati, Sindhi, etc. all apply one general method. Note there are different fabrics of sarees ( Banarasi, silk,  Georgette , net, chanderi chiffon satin, crepe, crepe silk, fancy fabric, manipuri silk, tissue, velvet, viscose, etc.) with different style of sarees e.g. lehenga saree, designer, ready pleated,  butterfly, pallu churidar suit, etc. and different ways to wear it. Saree draping is an art. initially you may find it difficult but with practice and patience you can master it. As said above in India people of different caste and religion are there. There are more than 100 type of draping styles. one can write an entire book on it. In coming posts, I shall reveal some selected and famous saree draping styles. You can find draping styles as per different religions, contemporary, Bollywood styles.

Given below is DIY guide for wearing a saree :

Three main things you require Saree, petticoat, blouse. First, unfold the saree and place it on a open space.

Then prepare few pleats and tuck the plain part of saree inside the petticoat. Check twice, that the end is properly tucked with  lower ends are up the floor.

Then drape the saree around waist once so that long piece is on front side. (Note : there are different draping styles which I will show you in later posts).

Make a number of layers of pleats, minimum seven to maximum ten, at the end which is close to waist at equal length later tuck them in the petticoat near waist (a little left of navel).

Wrap saree around waist from left to right then confirm you are holding the top of saree.

Then raise saree to shoulders to the right arm over left shoulder getting back saree to knee length, i.e. the loose end called pallu.

Now you are ready. This simple saree wearing technique can be worn on any occasion depending on your selection of saree.

With the changing times, clothing has also changed significantly. Especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. designer and ready stitched costumes are finding place. But still today in rural areas people are sticking to their traditional roots and clothing. That’s it folks for now, more will follow.

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Maharashtrian Costumes

Saree

 Costumes of Maharashtrian people

Ganesh Chaturthi the much awaited festival of Maharashtra is coming on 28th of August, 2014. It will be a grand affair in which deities bring their beloved god at their home. Clothing of Maharashtrian people shows their rich culture. It may be any festival, in Maharashtrian costume, women are dressed in a 9 yard traditional sari (lugade), with the choli, for men dhoti and shirt. Though the trend is shifting now, with younger generation are more attracted to new design and patterns available.  For eg. The 5 to 6 yard sari is now in demand, they are worn over the petticoat in Marathi called parkar /ghagara. A traditional sari’s width varies around 40 to 45 inches with two lengthwise borders known as kinar / kanth. The sari covers around half length of the back. Sari is two bordered breadth wise two ends known as padar and the decorated part is put over the left shoulder. There are a variety of  sarees available as kanjivaram, chanderi, banarasi, paithani (my favourite), irakali, banarasi, etc.  Raw material is cotton  or silk.

 

For men , Maharashtrian costume are changed as per trends prevailing. For family occasions or festivals they generally wear ackan, chudidar  survaar / payjama. Traditional clothing which many men still follow in rural parts of Maharashtra is dhoti and shirt. It is madeup of cotton varies around 3 meters in length with a folded turban called pheta or pagadi or folded cap ( either of woolen/silk/cotton fabric). Even a silk or cotton jacked is worn over shirt called bandi. The history of wearing sarees goes long back since Maratha rulers. since that period Nauvari saree was the first choice. it is made up of mainly silk fabric. On auspicious occasions a Nauvari saree is preferred. they are also famous for their elegant style and design. A good variety of accessories are all along with it. They include a nose ring called Nath, in Marathi, necklace, bangles,  pearls etc. You can get these Maharashtrian costumes all over Maharashtra. The very popular hub are Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Sholapur.

With the changing times, clothing has also changed significantly. Especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. designer and ready stitched costumes are finding place. But still today in rural areas people are sticking to their traditional roots and clothing. That’s it folks for now, more will follow.

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