Our country is globally recognized for its opulent and regal culture and traditions. Whether we talk about lavish weddings or grand festivals, India has a diverse heritage that has evolved with every passing century and era. The rich legacy is reflected in our ethnic clothes as well that are favorite across the world.
Traditional Indian clothing is not a new launch; it dates back more than a thousand years. Different fabrics were chosen for various kinds of conventional dresses back then, mainly to suit the region's weather. Also, the clothes got inspiration from various art forms giving birth to diverse styles that reflected the people's rich cultural heritage during those times. We have successfully been able to keep our traditional roots and regal inheritance of style intact in our clothes till today. Though, in today’s time of change, Indian fashion has also witnessed significant changes when everything is transforming.
That said, we do see a difference in the preferences of Indian consumers. Consequently, we have a myriad of options available in color, cut, fabric, and style. Plus, we have an array of illustrious fabrics available to us like brocade, silk, taffeta, crepe, satin, chiffons, etc.
The multitudinous embroidery and embellishments on these fabrics only add to the outfit's royalty and elegance, thereby making the Indian Ethnic Wear for women the perfect choice for special occasions.
SOME POPULAR ETHNIC GARMENTS ARE:
• SAREES: The history of sarees states that they originated during the Indus valley civilization. They are considered one of the oldest forms of garment across the world. Saree derived its name from the Sanskrit word ‘????’, which means a strip of cloth. It is a single unstitched piece of garment varying in length from four-and-a-half to eight meters. It is draped around the lower part of the body, with pleats gathered in the front and the other end draped over the shoulder called ‘Pallu’. Pallu can be pleated or free-flowing, depending on the choice of the wearer. This garment is also mentioned in Buddhist literature as ‘Jatakas’ and in Sanskrit literature as ‘Sattika‘. However, the modern-day nomenclature is Saree. It evolved from the sculptures and paintings from the ancient cave monuments that portrayed goddesses wearing a cloth wrapped around the waist, similar to the modern-day saree. They are available in various fabrics viz-Cotton, Silk, Georgette, Crepe, Net, Satin, etc.
Nothing can go wrong when you are wearing a saree. A lady always looks elegant in this garment as it is perfect for all body types.
• ANARKALI:Anarkali suit is quite popular Indian ethnic wear. It has a long-flared Kurta that has 6-8 Kalis originating from the waistline. It is either ankle or floor length. Plus, it usually has a lot of rich embroidery work that gives it an elegant look. Best suited for parties and special occasions, this garment can make you look like a Goddess! For the perfect look, wear matching jewelry, and you are good to go.
• LEHENGA: It is another popular dress that originated in ancient times. It is a full-length skirt that is taking bridal fashion by storm. What makes this attire so popular is that it is less cumbersome to wear, unlike a saree. A lehenga doesn’t require much in the way of draping.
Bridal Fashion weeks have further pushed this garment's popularity, with famous designers coming up with their versions of Lehengas in different fabrics. As a result, every Fashionista wants to experiment with the newest silhouette and design.
A Lehenga is available in different fabrics like Silk, Net, Georgette, Satin, etc., with different kinds of embellishments and thread work. It is best worn with a Dupatta that can be heavy or lightweight depending on the work and fabric.
They are not just available in the standard umbrella style, but in various other styles, like Straight Lehenga, A-line Lehenga, Mermaid-style or Fish-cut or Fish-Tail style Lehenga, Paneled Lehenga, and much more.
It is a perfect outfit for weddings and related ceremonies. Not just brides but bridesmaids as well wear this traditional and classy outfit.
• SALWAR-KAMEEZ: Salwar kameez is another popular outfit in India, particularly in the country's northern parts. It is believed that this garment originated during the Mughal era and has a strong Persian influence. The outfit consists of Salwar, a type of loose pants, and Kameez, a tunic paired with a dupatta.
The outfit can be made from various fabrics like Cotton, Silk, Velvet, Georgette, Chiffon, Rayon, etc. Salwar Kameez is a high-on-comfort garment that comes in multiple silhouettes with prints or embroidery to create different looks and styles. Both urban and rural women prefer the outfit. You can wear it on formal occasions, for a casual look, or as party wear.
• KURTAS:Kurtas for women can be seen in various designs and forms. They can be A-Line, Straight Fit, Anarkali, Asymmetrical, High-Low, etc. These are comfortable to wear and can be paired with Palazzo Pants, Churidars, Salwar, or a Skirt. They can be ankle-length or knee-length. It is perfect for a casual day-out, party-wear, special occasions, etc. this outfit is quite sought-after.
• KURTI: Ethnic Kurtis are ruling the fashion landscape these days. From college-going girls to working women, all prefer this comfortable garment to team up with a pair of jeans or Pants. Kurtis can be simple with embroidery or thread work perfect for office wear. On the other hand, you will also find heavily embellished Kurtis to adorn during parties or a day function.
All in all, Indian Ethnic wear makes you look royal. So, all you beautiful ladies out there, flatter yourself with traditional clothes that are a true essence of Indian culture. A lady certainly looks glamourous yet classy in traditional attire.
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