Indian Lehanga choli has traveled a long way from Mughal royal courts to Wedding Pandals. It is interesting to know about lehanga history, which says that it is attired by women since Mughal era. It has acquired the status of festivity wardrobe. Consisting of beautiful pleated skirt called Lehanga and tight fitting blouse called Choli along with the graceful odhni or Dupatta, lehanga tradition is driving women crazy not just in India but worldwide. Whenever we talk about Dandiya, the first thing that comes to our mind is Chaniya Choli available in exotic colors and ornamented designs.
It was very popular among royal ladies of the Mughal times. At that time it was considered as a dress that had the ability to bedeck Indian beauty in the most modest manner. Dupatta was actually meant to cover heads while offering prayers to God and as a sign of respect before elders. Even today, the essence of Mughal culture is very much intact and is depicted in traditional Mughal designs. This tribal outfit is so much in vogue that it has virtually replaced our traditional Sari in wedding pandals or Mandap
Today, most of the brides chose to wear a designer Bridal Lehanga in colors of pink, red and maroon on their special day. This garment has undergone some transformation in terms of styles. The gamut of Lehanga Choli is very wide and ranges from Traditional cum Embroided Lehanga to Sharara, Garara and Lancha to specially designed Indian wedding Lehanga. Though we have witnessed innumerable changes in its styling and designing but one thing is for sure that the fashion of Lehanga choli tradition will never fade.
Redefining elegance and style, the lehenga is famous for making girls and women look pretty. Though it is difficult to trace back the history, the lehenga is believed to have originated in the Mughal Era. In the Mughal times, ladies used to wear this attire on all special occasions. During that time, it was believed that that lehenga choli had all the qualities that would define Indian exquisiteness in its purest form. The legacy has been followed and carried forward from one generation to another. Without a doubt, lehenga choli as a piece of garment has evolved but still designers resort to the much loved Mughal era patterns and design. Those designs inspires the current generation of designers to beautifully blend ethnicity with something contemporary. The dress consists of lehenga which is a long skirt, choli which is a well-fitted blouse, and to the majestic dupatta to complete the look. During the time of Akbar, the craftsmen used silk and brocade to create these masterpieces, even the present day craftsmen stick to silk and brocade but chiffon came as a welcome change. This vibrant attire is a favorite choice in most of the auspicious occasions in India like Diwali, Dussera, Eid and Navratri.