One of the great results of the Bollywood movies has been the introduction of the fabulous clothing worn in India and Asia to the rest of the world and especially the United States. The beautiful clothes that are worn seem to move like liquid around the bodies of stunning dancers, actors and actresses. The colors are alive and seem to tell their own story as they provide the essence of femininity to the women and masculine grace to the men. Many American movies are being made using elements of the traditional clothing worn in India and, if you are considering creating a fabulous, colorful wedding or special event, it will be helpful to know what type of clothing to look for.
Beginning with the Kurti, this lightweight tunic top is a great addition when worn with black trousers, jeans, or capri pants. The tunic is very comfortable and accents the body while giving you ease of movement. They are made from many different fabrics, but share the common love of unique embroidery and color that other Indian garb has. It is easy to find a Kurti for a special occasion or to get one that is great for everyday wear.
The Salwar Kameez is also known as the Shalwar Kameez and the Shalwar Qameez. It is traditionally worn in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Northern India, and is the national dress of Pakistan. It is often worn to complement a sari, the traditional dress of India. The Salwar, or pants, are loose fitting and wide at the top then narrow at the bottom, normally fitting snugly at the ankle.
The Kameez is a tunic length shirt that can hit at the mid-thigh or close to the top of the knee. The side seams are open below the waist. Many bridge have designer salwar kameez made for their young bridesmaids with intricate designs and embroidery that matches the wedding sarees. There are four types of Lehengas that are worn for different occasions.
The most famous is the Lehenga/Ghagra Choli with its beautiful glittering mirror work, colorful fabrics and delicate intricate bead, stone and embroidery work. The bridal Lehenga is normally designed from silk, satin brocade, georgette or other delicate fabrics that give the bride a mythical beauty that is long remembered. There are three parts to the Lehengas. The Ghagra/Lehenga is an ankle length pleated skirt that flows and flares around the wearer.
The Choli, or blouse, fits snuggly and accentuates the femininity of the wearer with elaborate mirror work, patch work and a bare back and midriff. Lastly is the Odhi, Chunni or Dupatta which is also worn with the Salwar Kameez. These are often designed with such intricate detail and beauty that they are the choice for one of the bridal sarees. They are also the most favoured dress at national and international pageants because they bring out the true feminism of the wearer.
The Chaniya Choli or Ghagra Choli are very popular wedding sarees in the West and North of India. Normally designed from raw silk or brocade for weddings and formal occasions, this dresses have a pleated skirt that is ankle length and are embroidered to create dimension in the fabric.
The Sharara is relatively new and is a traditionally Muslim garment that shows the Persian influence. The wide leg pants are fitted to the knee, then flair. They create a loose flowing gown that is perfect for weddings or parties. The Lachcha is another beautiful dress that is looser and gives the wearer added comfort when they are dancing or doing a lot of walking. When you are choosing sarees for weddings or other special occasions, visiting an individual who is knowledgeable about the different styles, designs and what they mean will be very helpful.
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