Our country, India boasts of a prestigious cultural heritage. Women have donned ethnic clothing with great pride and charisma for centuries. The diversity in Indian ethnic wear is immense and immeasurable. It encompasses everything from the 9-yard long traditional Marathi saree to the glamorous anarkalis to the chic college kurtis. We boast of an exclusive range of attires that have been redesigned and creatively innovated over the years. The perfect blend of conventional styles and latest trends is a key factor of Indian women’s ethnic wear. The leading ladies of the Hindi film industry too have played an important role in patronizing ethnic wear. Following are a few distinct ethnic apparels:
Saree is an integral part of Indian ethnic wear. It is a 5-9 yard long piece of cloth draped and pleated over the waist and shoulders, paired with a suitable blouse. Sarees are greatly considered during weddings. Usually a saree is worn by married women but in some communities or for several ceremonies even unwed ladies wear them. Sarees are made available in almost any fabric- cotton, silk(it’s various types), georgette, crepe, chiffon, brasso, satin,etc. The saree is enrobed by several politicians and celebrities as a mark of elegance and grandeur. Sarees can range from a few hundred bucks to millions. They are worn by every strata of the society and have been in existence since ages.
Salwar kameez is one of the most comfortable yet classy ethnic wear. They are suitable for several occasions. Salwar kameez can be worn to work, to a religious event, for family functions or simply at home. They comprise of a kurta-like top (kameez) and loosely fitted pants and are usually teamed up with a matching dupatta pinned to the side or draped around the neck. They are commonly found in cotton or synthetic materials. Young and aged women alike are fond of wearing them. Churidar suits are a modified version of salwar kameez as they include a skin-fitted pant commonly called churidar. They are of a slightly longer length than required and are therefore gathered above the ankle to give it a great creased touch. Churidars are often considered to be a part of formal clothing. They have always been a favourite among college girls. It is great to wear and awesome to own a pair of churidars. Quite recently, the advent of readymade leggings has overshadowed the beauty of tailored churidars. But their presence is still prominent.
Lehenga-choli is a one of the most typical bridal attire of all times. It’s generally designed with great precision and refinement as it marks a new beginning for the to-be bride. It includes a long, flowy skirt (lehenga choli), a well-fitted blouse and a pretty dupatta. They are heavily embellished with sequins,beads, mirror work, gold/silver embroidery and designed with great detailing. The choli is also very skilfully crafted to suit the bride’s physique. Cholis are also glamoured by shiny, silken threads and dangling shimmery bobs attached to their ends. Simpler lehenga cholis are worn on a daily basis by women from few communities. This is a bride’s ultimate dream apparel.
Kurtis are a more chic and contemporary form of ethnic wear. A simple floral-printed kurti to wear to college or a lacey, shimmery kurti for the party, they are highly versatile. Kurtis can be worn with almost any kind of full length lowers- jeans, churidar, patiala, salwar, leggings and so on. This is the closest a modern-day corporate workaholic stays to ethnic wear. Online ethnic stores are flooded with all kinds of kurtis and are one of the most purchased items too.These were a few of the numerous ethnic clothes worn by women in our country.