Y in Indian women fashion

We are almost at the tail end of knowing about Indian women’s fashion trends from A-Z. We have covered everything from fabrics, weaves, techniques, and dresses and we now come to the most important element that forms the basis. Yes, we are talking about yarn. Let us look.

Known for its rich textile heritage, it won’t be a surprise that India is the supplier of most of the famous yarns across borders. Yarns play a significant role in creating stunning fabrics which are an integral part of the Indian fashion Industry.

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A widely used yarn is cotton known for its versatility and durability. From sarees to salwar kameez to even handkerchiefs, the fabric is sweat absorbent and is great for hot and humid climates. It is not only the most sought out in the country but also across the world for its softness and absorbing capability. The cotton yarn is a great choice to add vibrant colors to fabrics.

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Being one of the largest producers of silk and exquisite silk fabrics, India is famous worldwide for the quality of the silk yarn. From sarees, lehengas to most luxurious traditional garments silk is the most preferred fabric for its richness. The yarn is priced for its strength, sheen, and softness making it a great choice for special occasions like marriages.

Though India may not be a producer of wool, importing it to make sweaters, cardigans, and coats. A lot of women took to the art of knitting and is widely popular across the states.

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A lightweight breathable fabric is linen that is now becoming popular. Great for everyday wear in tropical regions where the climate is hot and humid, linen is a popular yarn used in the fashion industry.

When it comes to bags and footwear, which are accessories, jute is a widely used natural fabric that is sustainable, robust, and durable. It gives a unique and earthy texture to the products and is also eco-friendly.

As time passes and trends evolve, yarns that are recycled and sustainable like bamboo and hemp are also used because they are environment friendly and play their part in reducing the carbon footprint of the Indian Fashion Industry.

The next thing that comes to your mind is yellow and when we think of yellow, our mind immediately strikes dressing up for the haldi ceremony to which the color is mostly associated with.

Here are a couple of yellow outfit ideas for the next haldi ceremony that you want to attend.

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  • A yellow mirrorwork lehenga in raw silk goes perfectly great for haldi ceremony.
  • An asymmetrical yellow dress is great as an Indo-western outfit for haldi ceremony.
  • A yellow and green lehenga with mirror work and a light tinge of pink here and there is a great choice.
  • A plain yellow saree with a bright-colored half-sleeve blouse.
  • A yellow cotton saree with a bright orange bandhni blouse.
  • A layered yellow skirt, embroidered blouse, and lots of accessories.
  • A monotone yellow skirt with a blue blouse.
  • A yellow skirt and neon green blouse is sure to rock the party.
  • A yellow saree with minimal gota patti work.
  • A complete yellow lehenga heavily embellished with beads, stones, and exquisite embroidery.

Yellow cannot only be styled for haldi but also for other wedding festivities.

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  • A yellow lehenga with a net dupatta for the cocktail party is a great outfit option.
  • A yellow silk kurta with a matching skirt and dupatta is just awesome.
  • A ruffle saree in yellow with a statement blouse is great for the wedding.
  • A yellow Anarkali can be worn as a gown for an engagement or even a cocktail party.
  • A simple saree with a gold border and a heavy blouse aress great for cocktail parties.

A cheerful color yellow is sure to make heads turn if you style it alone or even with vibrant combinations.

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X in Indian women fashion

We have discussed fabrics, weaves, colors, and works; for X, let us discuss sizes. Be you a size XS or 3Xl or more, Indian women’s fashion trend is all game for everyone. With designers creating a multitude of pieces for plus size, we now have options that let you amp up the style quotient.

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We have moved on from a period where we were told that there are no sizes beyond XL, to a period where we crossed that this store does not cater to the plus-size category. Gone are the days when it raised eyebrows when we mentioned an XXL. We have now come to the period where we find plus size clothes as comfort wear. Who does not love an oversized shirt to crash at home?

Social media has played a major role in letting people know that body positivity awareness must spread. People should not feel shy about how they look and in fact be bold to dress up and show up. Body-positive, plus-size influencers on Instagram had a major role in bringing in the shift among the masses. Be it their styling ideas, sourcing of garments, or even the way they carry themselves gave people the confidence to be proud of what they are.

Gone are the times, people sit at home thinking that they do not have anything to wear or have run out of options. The fashion industry has opened doors to a new segment of plus-size fashion that not only caters to women in plus-size but also to wear who wanted to dress comfortably.

Women began to love themselves for who they are. They are now confident in their own skin and do not worry about the eXtra in their sizes.

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As a bonus note, here are a few tips if you are plus-size.

  • Opt in for light fabrics like chiffon, georgette, or satin. Be it the blouse or lehenga. Heavier fabrics can make it go wrong.
  • Vertical and diagonal stripes work great and do not settle for horizontal or broad borders.
  • And as for the blouse neckline go for a deep V-neck or plunge neckline.
  • Three-fourth or full sleeves will work great and give you the right fit.
  • Corset pattern for lehenga and saree is a trend that helps hide the belly and helps in shaping you up.
  • Go for free-flow pallu and do not pin it up and as for the pleats on the front, go for minimal ones.
  • Dark color gown with a sweetheart or deep V-neck works perfectly well for plus-sized bodies.
  • Choosing the right kind of clothing with make you look eXtra special even if you are on the eXtra large or plus-size segment.

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V in Indian women fashion

Timeless elegance and modern sensibilities are the fusion element in Indian women’s fashion. Indian women’s fashion has evolved over the history of 1000 years and is still adapting to the changes keeping its uniqueness.

Venkatagiri weave

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With a history that spans a thousand years, the Venkatagiri weave originated in the town of Venkatagiri in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Known for elegance and intricacy it has a special place in the history of textiles. It continues to thrive as a symbol of cultural heritage and is also loved by connoisseurs of handloom.

The fine cotton threads are woven with unique precision which is the beauty of the weave. A blueprint is initially made with a design chart which is transferred to the loom and which is woven into the fabric with cotton threads. The jamdani technique of weaving being adapted to make little motifs is the highlight here. These small motifs are done by hand mechanically and require a lot of precision with gold or silver threads which add more beauty to this weave.

The history can be traced back to the 18th century to the reign of the Venkatagiri Nayakas who were the local rulers at the time. The weavers were encouraged to weave intricate pieces for the royal court and it was a symbol of wealth and status as it became popular with the aristocratic group. It is recognized with the Geographical indication tag by the Government for its authenticity.

Vaira oosi

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With intricate needlework and vibrant colors the vaira oosi holds a special place in the hearts people of Tamilnadu and is cherished by saree lovers. The precise intricate needlework that resembles the diamond needle brought the artwork the name, vaira oosi which literally means diamond needle.
It is mainly done on cotton and silks and the shine it brings out when light falls on the fabric is mind blowing.

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U in Indian women fashion

The Indian women’s fashion trend depends on weaves and garments and how women carried themselves. Women in films whom I would say were the first role models we look up to even today for fashion inspiration. Though at times like today, we have social media at our fingertips, when we refer to a trend, we most often mention the name of the celebrity who sported it.

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The ‘Rangeela’ girl as we know her made all of us even women who went in awe looking at her on screen. Be it her beauty or hair, the costumes she wore had a lot to speak about. Manish Malhotra, the designer also mentioned that there were copies of her costumes post that movie on every street. The movie that made him win the Designer of the Year award. Her designs in the movie ushered in fashion trends and became a style statement.

The peplum skirt, knotted tops, black saree, and red leggings were an instant hit among the womenfolk of the country. Her smart casuals looked very glamorous and became a trendsetter. Her gharchola and the bandhani in the song made the weave much more famous and preferred for the ghaghra. Her tangerine skater skirts, the pleated skirts were such a hit. Though it is nearly 28 years since the movie was released, the trends she set are still timeless and are great fashion inspiration for a confident woman.


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Tracing back its origin to the 18th century, when the country was ruled over by the East India Company, the weave is from the Uppada town in Andhra Pradesh. A traditional handloom technique is known for its intricate designs and fine texture; the weave is a testimony to skilled craftsmen.

The Weaver population from Uppada migrated to Peddapuram where they happened to learn the weave of Jamdani from the Bengali weavers. They incorporated their techniques into jamdani which brought out a new weave called the Uppada. It is lightweight and the sheer texture gives a grandeur look and is most sought after for making traditional garments.

The weavers take great pride in their artistry which is time-consuming, complicated, and labor-intensive. A diverse range of patterns with motifs that include nature and geometric designs in vibrant colors make the weave unique. Gold and silver zari threads are used for extra richness to the woven fabric. The intricate designs and elaborate borders on the pallu are the highlight of the uppada weave. The metallic thread in the body adds grandeur to the fabric.

Another unique feature is the texture of this weave which is lustrous and has a sheen which is because the warp is made of pure mulberry silk and the weft is a combination of silk and cotton that is responsible for the shine.
The uppada weave has received the GI tag from the Government for its uniqueness and authenticity which is another reason for its boost in the global retail market. It is a weave that is cherished by the connoisseurs of handloom textiles and is even passed through generations as an heirloom.

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S in Indian women fashion

A vibrant and diverse tapestry of culture, heritage, and style is what Indian Women’s fashion is about. The defining aspect of Indian women’s fashion is the diversity of traditional clothing that varies across geography.

Salwar Kameez

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The history dates to the Mughal era in the 16th to 19th century and consists of tunic and loose-fitting pants. Often has embroideries and embellishments to make it look more elegant. Paired with a dupatta it adds a touch of elegance and can be draped across the shoulder or over the head. The comfort it offers is the key reason that most people prefer to wear the salwar kameez. It is apt for hot and humid climate because of the loose fit of the pant that allows ample movement.

It suits all body types and is versatile to be worn for any occasion. It holds significant cultural and regional significance. The same salwar kameez has different distinctions across geography. For example, in Punjab, it is of vibrant colors and in Lucknow, it has chikankari work.

Sambalpuri ikkat

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A traditional textile art that originates from Odisha is the Sambalpuri ikkat. Intricate patterns and vibrant colors make it a unique tie-and-dye textile art that has rich cultural significance. It involves a complicated process of resist dyeing that is done before weaving onto the fabric. The process is labour-intensive and requires skill and precision. The intricate patterns have motifs inspired by nature, geometric designs, and symbols depicting tradition. The colors used are vibrant and are derived from natural dyes.

It has a great impact on the economy of the weaving community of Odisha, apart from being of cultural significance. The skill is passed across generations and is a form of livelihood for the people of Odisha, contributing to the socio-economic development of the state.

Siddhipet Golabhamma

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Originating from the town of Siddhipet in the Telangana district, it is a mesmerizing art form that is being passed down through generations carrying the essence of the culture of Telangana. Gola bhamma translates to round mother which signifies the round circular motifs that are characteristic of the art form. An eco-friendly and sustainable form of art, it is made using dye from plants, seeds, and minerals.

The circular motifs drawn are by freehand without any template or stencils. The patterns are eye-catching and vibrant depicting subjects from nature, folklore, and mythology.

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R in Indian women fashion

An ever-evolving industry, the Indian women’s fashion segment is constantly influenced by varying trends that come and go. Not only attire but the material that is used also plays an important role in fashion trends. For example, there is a difference between a cotton saree and a chiffon saree. Each is different on its own, be it comfort, durability, and efforts taken to maintain.

Gathered or pleated strips of fabric that aid volume and give an appearance of a frill is called ruffle and that is now becoming a fashion trend. Right from sarees to gowns to even crop tops, the trend has hopped across categories of garments that aid more grace and elegance.

From sleeves, yokes, hemlines, and even dupattas can have ruffles of various sizes ranging from large to small based on the look or the occasion for which the garment is to be worn. The ruffle adds a touch of femininity to the wearer. Elegant in appearance it tends to highlight the curves. It also adds depth and creates movement when worn.

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This movement and depth make an eye-catching appearance of the outfit. It gives a vintage and bohemian outlook to the outfit. Its ability to be able to incorporate into various fabrics or patterns makes it versatile. While Chiffon, georgette, and organza that is lightweight give a dreamy effect when a ruffle is added, silk, satin, and velvet get a lot of volume when a ruffle is added since they are more structured.

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Designers have incorporated the ruffle trend in most Indian attire and it especially gained a lot of traction when Deepika Padukone wore it for Cannes. Her off-white ruffle saree with pearl collar designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla for the closing ceremony brought this trend alive and much sought-after. Not to forget yet another time when Deepika flaunted a dual-tone ruffle saree to a popular TV show with colors right out of a candy shop was an instant hit that a lot of manufacturers adopted the design to offer it to the masses who wanted to follow their star. If you would want to check out the saree you can buy an affordable one just by clicking here.

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P in Indian women fashion

With a history spanning thousands of years, Indian women’s fashion has evolved over the years incorporating a fusion of traditional and modern styles. Women now have a wide range of options to choose from and incorporate the culture.

Patiala salwar

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Also known as Punjabi salwar, this is the most common attire worn by women in North India, especially Punjab. Designed initially for the Maharaja’s courtiers, it was initially worn by men and later adapted for women. Pleated loose at the waist and tapering towards the ankle the Patiala salwar is a comfortable pant that is unique and fashionable.

It can be made in cotton or silk depending on the occasion for which it is worn. The pleats in the pant are hand stitched to give a voluminous look and are usually worn with a long tunic. The outfit also gleams a high level of modesty in the conservative society. The loose fit of the pant makes them easier to move, so many women prefer to wear this as everyday garments.

Pochampally ikkat

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Originating from the Pochampally town of Telangana, this textile art form is highly valued for vibrant colors and designs and is also passed down across generations. The weaving technique is unique and involves using dyed thread to be woven onto a pattern in a loom, involves great skill and could be spoiled even with the slightest mistake.

With origin traced back to the 17th century, the weave is known for intricate patterns and vibrant colors. Predominantly worn as sarees, the fabric is now used for garments like salwar and dresses.


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The finest form of textile art and known for its vibrant colors and durability, the patola originates from the state of Gujarat. The weaving technique is known as double ikat where the yarn is first tied and dyed in a pattern and then woven into the fabric. Dating back to the 12th century, the patola was initially used to be worn by the royals.

Collectors and enthusiasts had this as the most sought-after because of its rarity. The vibrant colors in the pattern are visible on both sides. The silk threads used to weave give a luxurious and elegant look. A popular weave among the wealthy and elite because of its beauty and craftsmanship.

The weave is durable, and long-lasting making it popular among the masses.


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Originating from the state of Maharashtra, this time-consuming and complex weave is known for intricate designs Worn initially only by the nobility, the paithani’s origin can be traced back to 200 BC.

A technique called bandi is used for weaving wherein the fabric is woven in sections according to the pattern which requires patience and skill. Peacocks, flowers, and vines are traditionally inspired motifs that are woven into intricate patterns. Resistant to wear and tear and fading of colors, the paithani is yet another popular weave.

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O in Indian women fashion

An essential part of Indian culture and worn on various occasions, the ornaments are important and play a significant role in Indian Women’s fashion trends. In ancient times, the ornaments decided the status, wealth, and power of the people who adorned them. In changing times, designs and styles have evolved a lot and become an integral part of Indian culture.

Embellishments, vibrant colors, and intricate designs have made Indian women’s fashion trends famous. The beauty and charm of an Indian outfit are enhanced when Jewelry or ornament is added as an element, Gold, diamond, platinum, silver, and stones are the variety of materials that have been used to craft Indian ornaments. What makes the jewelry or ornament very special is the story behind it, which makes it unique.

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A necklace worn by married women, the mangalsutra is the most popular ornament. The ornament is made of gold and has black beads, which symbolize the bond between the married couple. Being considered a sacred symbol of marriage, the mangalsutra is also a vital part of Indian culture.

The nose ring comes in a variety of designs, and sizes embellished with stone, the nose ring is also a popular ornament. Known to be considered a symbol of married status, the nose ring is nowadays being worn by adolescent girls. It is also considered that wearing a nose ring enhances a women’s facial features.

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Worn in the wrists and made of gold, silver, or glass the bangle is a popular Indian ornament. They enhance an outfit instantaneously if paired properly. The bangle is usually worn in sets and adds beauty to the outfit. It is also considered that the sound from bangle is auspicious and especially worn by pregnant ladies as part of ceremonies to let the child identify the mother with the sound from bangles.

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Varied in sizes, and designs and often studded with stones or made of intricate designs the earring is one of the most sought-after ornaments. They enhance the beauty of the women flaunting them. It is considered an essential part of a woman’s wedding. Women have often resorted to multiple piercings to enhance their beauty.

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Anklet is an ornament worn around the leg and is considered to elevate the look of an ethnic outfit. It is mostly made of silver but it can also be worn in gold. Embellishments can be added like stones, danglers, or even enamel pieces.

Statement jewelry is now the talk of the town and is becoming increasingly popular, wearing ornament pieces that are unique and make a bold outlook can enhance the outfit of the wearer. These jewelry pieces add a contemporary touch when ethnic wear is worn.

Whether it is a mangalsutra or bangles, nose ring, or even earrings and anklets, ornaments are ssure to enhance the outfit and will continue to be an evolving fashion trend for women.

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M in Indian women fashion

Comprising a vibrant and rich tapestry of styles and colors, Indian women’s fashion has evolved over the years. A reflection of the cultural heritage, it has also been influenced by regional styles and influences from the foreign land.
Let us look at the trends in M.


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A traditional draping style of the south Indian women, the madisar is longer than the usual 6-yard saree and is either 9 or 10 yards depending on the requirement. Worn by the married women of the Brahmin community the madisar is a symbol of cultural heritage.
The method of drape makes it easier for movement, though it takes a lot of practice to drape the madisar perfectly. It is a tradition in the Brahmin household that the madisar is to be worn for every religious function in the household. To make it much easier, we now have pre-stitched madisars that have all the pleats stitched.

Mekhela Chador

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A two-piece garment that has a long skirt-like cloth called mekhela and a cloth that drapes over the shoulder and back called the chador, the mekhela chador is the traditional attire of the Assamese women. An important part of Assamese tradition, it is worn by women during marriages and religious occasions.
Made in a variety of fabrics like silk, Muga, and cotton it is a symbol of luxury. Available in a variety of colors with motifs ranging from flora to fauna, and geometric designs, it is a very popular garment. It plays a very important role in the state’s wedding tradition and is worn by the brides. The women of the state wear it during Bihu and Durga puja as part of the tradition and respect.

Maheshwari weave

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A traditional handloom weaving technique originated in the town of Maheshwar, Uttar Pradesh, the Maheshwari weave is a blend of cotton and silk. Known for its lightweight and airy texture it gives a glossy shine and is durable.

The fabric is woven in such a way that both sides are identical and it can be reversible, so a great option for versatility. The jacquard weaving technique is used for creating designs and it gives good precision and detailing.

Mashru weave

A traditional handloom weave that uses silk and cotton threads, the mashru weave originated in Gujarat. The light and smooth fabric has silk in the inner layer and cotton on the outer layer making it durable and is also resistant to wear and tear. Cotton for the outer layer enabled comfort and the silk lining depicted beauty and luxury.

The weaving takes place in a pit loom that is manually operated using foot pedals and levers. The contrasting colors and patterns on the fabric when worn give a beautiful effect and the silk lining adds elegance.

Moirang phee

A traditional handloom weaving technique, the moirang phee originated in the MOirang town of the state of Manipur. It’s known for its intricate and colorful designs that depict the culture of the region.

Cotton that is locally sourced from the fields in Manipur is used to make the fabric, moirang phee. The light and airy nature of the fabric makes it best suited for hot and humid climates. The weaving is done on a pit loom by skilled manual labor.

Natural dyes from turmeric, indigo, and hibiscus flowers help in creating vibrant patterns such as birds, animals, and patterns that depict the local culture and tradition such as the folklore and mythology of Manipur.

Muga silk

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Originating in the Northeastern state of Assam, the Muga silk is a luxurious and unique fabric that is known for its unique golden color and lustrous texture. These unique characteristics, make it the most sought-after among silk lovers.

The Brahmaputra valley in Assam is where there is an abundance of som and sualu trees which is the food for the silk moth. Rearing the silk moth, extracting the fiber, and then weaving the fabric is a laborious process.
The silk known for its durability has a unique gold color which is from the yellow pigment of the cocoon. A symbol of the state’s rich tradition and history it also helps in preserving the cultural heritage of the state of Assam. It also forms a major part of contributing to the economy of the state.

Mysore silk

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Known for its exceptional quality and durability, the Mysore silk originates from the city of Mysore, Karnataka. The mulberry silkworms provide high-quality silk yarns that provide sheen and softness which is a unique characteristic of this silk.

A highly laborious process involves boiling the silkworm, extracting the yarn, and then weaving them into the fabric. The silk fabric is available in a variety of colors and designs made from jacquard weaving.

Thousands of people are involved in the extraction and weaving process which makes silk production a major contributor to the state economy. The production of silk adhering to quality standards is overseen by the Government.

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L in Indian women fashion

A diverse field steeped in culture and tradition Indian women’s fashion comprises a range of styles and influences from modern-inspired dresses to traditional sarees. Deeply rooted in the culture, it also evolves with changing economic and social trends.

Let us look at Indian fashion trends in L.


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A long skirt embellished with embroidery and a fitted blouse with a scarf is the lehenga, a traditional garment worn by women in India. Depending upon the fabric and colors, the lehengas come in various styles and are worn for weddings and special occasions.

Tracing back the origin to the Mughal Empire, the wives of the royal family were known for their love of extravagant clothing. A sign of wealth and luxury, the garment was worn by the affluent class and royalty.

The lehenga trend soon caught on and it became a popular choice for the bride and the bridesmaids. The garment has also undergone a lot of changes with the passing times, with respect to fabric, embroidery, and so on.

The A-line, circular, and mermaid are some of the types of lehenga which are most sought-after by the younger generation these days. Whether it is a wedding or a special occasion, the lehenga will make heads turn to your side.

Langa Voni

The langa voni or the half saree is a traditional attire worn by adolescent girls in South India. You can read more about it here.


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A traditional Indian textile art originated in Rajasthan, a tie and dye technique that creates a wavy pattern and rippled effect. The word ‘leher’ means wavy which is in accordance with the patterns created.

The local artisans in Rajasthan introduced the art in the late 18th century, initially created using natural dyes and colors. The bright and bold colors symbolize the vibrant colors of Rajasthan. The fabric is twisted like a rope and tied at certain intervals post which it is dyed. The leheriya is now incorporated into modern fashion. Though synthetic dyes are now being used, the local artisans still prefer natural dyes for the fabric.

Lepcha weave

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Practiced by the Lepcha people of the northeastern region, the Lepcha weave is an intricate and labor-intensive weaving technique. It uses natural fibres like cotton, silk, and wool. The use of natural dyes from plants, roots, and berries gives vibrant colors to the fabric. Simple designs like stripes and checks to complicated designs like geometrics designs are woven by the artisans. The weave is an integral part of Lepcha culture. The government has taken steps to preserve and promote by enabling artisans to sell their products online.

Laisingphee weave

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Practiced by the Meitei tribe in the northeastern part of India the Laisingphee is a traditional handloom weaving technique. It uses a fly shuttle loom and natural fibres like cotton and silk.

A high level of skill is required to operate the fly shuttle loom and to achieve the desired pattern the weaver must use a good combination of speed and precision. Natural dyes like indigo, turmeric, and madder root are used to achieve bright and vibrant colors in the fabric.

An important part of the Meitei culture, the laisingphee is used to make clothing and even home furnishing materials.

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