Though, Indian cotton lehengas with heavy embroidery, beads, sequins, zori
or zordosi work are preferred for wedding and other formal occasions, cotton
ghagra choli or lehengas are equally popular. The Indian lehenga in cotton
gives a pure relaxing comfort.
Even today, the traditional dress for women in Rajasthan and Gujarat is the
lehenga choli or ghagra choli. While the tribal and rural women preferred
the embroidered lehenga choli made up of cotton fabric decorated with
embroidery and mirror work, women belonging to royal families afford more
intricate brocade, tanchoi and heavy satins even with real gold and silver
embroidery, studded with precious stones. Still, majority of Indian ladies
of Rajasthan and Gujarat prefer cotton lehenga cholis for regular wear.
Various designs available on cotton lehengas are as follow:
- The cotton lehenga choli can be plain with a multicoloured churni.
- There are embroidered cotton ghagra choli with a plain churni.
- There can be mirror work on ghagra cholis.
- Patch and applique work is another design.
- The most common and popular is the bandhani printed tie and dye
cotton lehenga choli.
Generally, it is the blouse or the choli and the dupatta which are
intricately embroidered in cotton ghagra cholis. Nowadays, bright coloured
tie and dye cotton ghagra cholis are very popular among children.