The most famous traditional dress of India is lehenga choli or ghagra choli.
The Indian lehenga cholis with their glittering mirror work very attractive.
The lehenga choli or ghagra choli is extremely colourful and attractive. The
Indian lehenga choli/ghagra choli is usually worn with the 'dupatta' to
cover the head and the chest. In India, lehenga choli is also known as
lehenga or ghagra chunni or chunri, ghagra chunari, ghagra chunaris and
sometimes Lachcha choli.
Wearing of this traditional dress at formal occasions is the latest trend.
There is a tremendous boost to the ghagra choli in recent time as a fashion
garment. Lehenga is a typical feminine silhouette that epitomizes style,
craftsmanship, quality and class of Indian clothing.
Fabric in Indian Lehenga
Three parts of Ghagra/Lehenga Choli
Design and colour
- Ghagra/Lehenga: These are ankle length long pleated skirts
secured around the waist. The skirt is flowing and flares around the
- Choli: The choli or blouse is a snugly fitted piece of
clothing that accentuates the female form. The blouses have elaborate
mirror work and patch work on them and are very colourful. It is
generally designed to leave the back and midriff bare.
- Odhi, Chunni, Dupatta: The odhni, the third part of the
total garment, acts as a scarf covering the head and body and is a sign
of modest shyness for the wearer.
There are ghagra choli of vivid colour contrasts with traditional as well
as modern patterns. It is the embroidery and the shape that makes all the
difference to the ghagra choli and one can identify it with the occasion it
is meant for. Indian market has a wide collection of ghagra/lehenga cholis
- Designer lehengas
- Traditional ghagra cholis
- Embroidered lehengas
- Hand worked lehengas
- Indian bridal lehengas
Even the lehengas are of different shapes such as
- Straight cut lehengas
- Fish tail lehengas
- Mermaid lehengas
- Paneled lehngas
- Kali ghagras lenghas
- Circular lehengas
- A-line lehngas
- Lehengas with full flair
The Indian Lehenga choli brings out the essence of feminism. Similar to
the western skirt and blouse, the ghagra choli's intricate designs create
excitement amongst the fashion conscious women. Wearing of lehenga is a
fashion with lasting values and rich craftsmanship. It is so much in fashion
that it is one of the most favoured dress at beauty pageant contests at
national as well as international level.