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India is a land of splendor, elegance and an inimitable ladylike charm. These virtues are manifested in its show of vivid attires which bring out the most feminine side of an Indian woman. Traditional women wear in India is a mix of various styles and tastes as suited to the different communities, religions, cultures, castes and creeds.
Traditional Attires of Women in India
Following are the few prominent types of apparel that Indian females wear belonging to different communities:
- Sari: The very quintessence of Indian tradition, sari is the most popular attire devoid of culture, caste, region and religion. Different forms of this beautiful garb include Kanjivaram, Chanderi, Gadwal, Tangail, Banarsi silk, Kosa silk, Patola, Pochampally and many others. Available in many fabrics ranging from silk, crepe and tussar to plain cotton, this is a preferred wear for any occasion. With changing times, sari has taken an altogether new panache (attractive blouse cut, readymade pleats and designer narrow pallu).
- Lehanga-choli: Favorite of young women, lehanga choli originated as graceful feminine attire in Gujarat and Rajasthan. Nowadays, it is highly popular in every region and a must have in the wardrobe. It comes in different cuts and shapes including fish-cut, A-cut, umbrella cut and straight cut. It fits well into any traditional occasion and highlights the curvaceous ethnic beauty of a girl. Designer lehanga choli with deep hues and heavy embellishments is a perfect bridal wear. Teamed up with a dazzling dupatta, lehanga-choli is the most luxurious and magnificent costume.
- Churidaar: Womenfolk love to wear churidaar as it allows them to carry beauty with considerable sophistication and simplicity. Even married women opt for this outfit to avoid any mess. Combination of a beautiful Anarkali top with matching or contrast churidaar and a graceful dupatta is simply splendid. It is convenient to carry as compared to sari and therefore is a preferred get up for all occasions.
- Salwaar-kameez: Known to be the most comfortable outfit, salwaar kameez is widely popular in India. It is mainly considered as a regional costume of Punjab, but nowadays it has got national acceptance. A loose long salwaar paired with an elegant kameez is just suited for any casual or formal juncture. While salwaar is a comparatively light dress part, kameez can range from heavy to light depending upon its work. Dupatta is generally of 2.5 meters length and is same as color of salwaar in many cases. Sometimes an embroidered dupatta is heavier than kameez and accentuates the overall appearance.
Apart from the aforementioned fashions, lancha, sharara, garara, kurti and long Anarkali are some other most coveted traditional women wears in India. Even the modern outfits have their roots in tradition. Styles have, no doubt, undergone a big change but Indian attires still lend a value of royalty to the wearers.
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