At first glance, the colorful lehenga saree brings to mind a vision of the traditional half-saree or Davani so popular amongst young girls in South India! However, the former is a much more modernized and stylish version of the same. One has to give kudos to those innovative designers, who created such an easy-to-wear and glorious garment by bringing together two diverse ethnic fashions – the saree and the lehenga! It is suitable for all semi-formal, formal and grand social events.
A Unique Outfit
There is a very simple concept attached to the lehenga saree – slip, tuck, and drape! In other words, it is the easiest thing in the world to don this garment and slip off to a social affair!
- To begin with, there is the long skirt or lehenga.
- Depending on what suits your body frame the best, you may opt for a mermaid-style, flared or circular type, etc.
- Since this is a lehenga saree, your tailor would ensure to have all the pleats pre-made, such that he/she may stitch them into the lehenga itself.
- Your lehenga is 4.5 to 5.5 meters in length, almost like a six-yard saree!
- You may call the top a blouse or choli, based upon how you wish to have it patterned and stitched by the tailor.
- As for the pallu, it is not akin to that, you see in a traditional saree. It is more akin to the traditional dupatta, albeit draped in a different way.
- One end of it attached to the lehenga. You will just have to grab the other end, wrap it around your waist once and throw it over your shoulder.
Oh, yes, embroidery patterns do make a difference to any garment. The lehenga saree looks fetching indeed when decorated with chikan, zardosi, bagh, sozni, kasuti, shisha, kashida, kanta, etc, styles of embroidery. This is because the base under the embroidery is crepe, brasso, silk, chiffon, georgette, brocade, etc.
- Bagh embroidery is popular in Punjab, specifically during weddings and festivals. It is so heavy in nature that it manages to hide the base fabric almost completely. You can well imagine how grand the ensemble must look!
- Kashida and Sozni embroidery patterns are gifts from Kashmir. You should love the colorful Kashmiri patterns depicted on your ensemble since they are one of a kind!
- Shisha embroidery refers to the attachment of tiny mirrors to the outfit, while Zardosi work refers to silk threads wrapped in silver/golden wires.
- From Bengaluru, you gain the gifts of Kasuti and Kantha work.
No designer dress is complete without them, for they enhance the enchantment of the outfit superbly! Couturiers continue to experiment with intricate, subtle, exquisite, or ornate patterns, eager to provide something out of the ordinary every time. Towards this end, they decorate the lehenga saree with Resham embroidery, silver/golden thread work, metal/wood/glass beads, zardosi work, sequins, glittering stones, cutwork, lace work, patchwork, mirror work, Kundan work, and so on. The decorations remain light, medium, or heavy, in alignment with the occasion. Whatever is the case, you make a memorable fashion statement every time you step out of your house in this trendy outfit. After all, it serves as an extension of your traditional, classic, contemporary, or carefree personality!
You may go for contrasting hues while purchasing a lehenga saree. Despite being different, the shades of color manage to complement one another gloriously!
Since the lehenga saree is a common choice for all manner of important social affairs, designers go for rich fabrics, all kinds of bedazzling colors and bewitching embellishments.