Yards of skilfully crafted drapes in silk, organza, crepe, chiffon, net or Georgette Sarees embellished with the intricate fineries of golden zari and zardozi work, brocade, stones, Swarovski crystals and sequins, sweeping the stage in a flourishing twirl, as she dances gracefully to the music…. Does it remind you of something? Yes, we are talking about the most important item in the wedding trousseau of the traditional Indian bride: her wedding lehenga. These, often hand crafted pieces of elegant designer wear lend grace and beauty to the auspicious occasion at hand and turns the bride into a fairytale princess, on one of the most important days in her life. The Indian Wedding lehenga is an elegant and skilfully created combination of both, oriental and western fashion trends that adds to the vibrancy and of the occasion that is the grand Indian wedding.
The bridal lehenga is usually accessorized with a variety of jewellery, ranging from the traditional gold and diamond sets to the new age kundan and oxidized to the exquisite Swarovski sets. We have come a long way from the traditional ghagra choli t the new age contemporary avatars of this garment ranging from a- line lehengas, fishtail lehenga, and circular draped lehenga to panelled and a-line Ghagra Cholis. A greater pick of the fabrics is available with the lehengas in the market as well as in online boutiques and fashion stores with every day fabrics like cotton and silk to the more sumptuous and expensive fabrics like crepe- georgette, chiffon, organza, raw silk etc. Ghagra cholis are indispensible during auspicious ceremonies, or social functions and the kitty parties made famous by socialites and fashionable housewives alike.