- Lehenga. The lehenga is a long, flared skirt which is heavily embroidered and pleated. It is worn by Indian brides and party-going women as the bottom portion of a lehenga choli. Unlike the sari, a lehenga is a pre-stitched skirt that doesn't have to be draped - perfect for the dance floor!
- Choli. The choli is a sensual, tightly fitting embroidered blouse usually with short sleeves and a low neck. If you're thinking that Barbara Eden looked her beautiful blonde best wearing a pink chiffon choli in "I Dream of Jeannie" you would be right. Today the choli is becoming more adventurous than ever - with revealing styles such as backless, halter, tube top and spaghetti straps.
- Dupatta. The dupatta is a lovely, long scarf that is worn together with the lehenga and the choli. It is often heavily embroidered and has a contrasting colored border. Originally worn as a symbol of modesty, it can be draped over the head and shoulders in many breathtakingly beautiful ways.
Dec 15, 2013
Indian Wedding Lehenga Choli
How much do you know about the amazing silk embroidered wedding lehenga choli worn by brides from India and Pakistan? Traditionally, silk and chiffon lehengas came with a large variety of beautiful embroidered embellishment called Zardosi - using thread made of fine gold or silver (zari) - delicately woven into Indian, Pakistani and Persian garments. Today, of course, zari is not made of real gold and silver, but is a golden/silver metallic yarn interlaced with polyester. The results are just as rich. Here are three garments normally associated with Indian bridal lehengas: