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Lehenga History

It is interesting to know about lehanga history, which says that it is attired by women since Mughal era. It was very popular among royal ladies of the Mughal. Indian dressing styles are marked by many variations, both religious and regional with a wide choice of textures and styles. The traditional Indian dress is Sari, ghagara choli, and lenghas The lenghas and gaghra cholis owe their history to ancient people of Rajasthan. From the Rajasthan Bharatplaza presents the traditional and ethnic saga of womanhood through these lenghas, gaghra cholis, ghagara, and lehenga cholis. The study of the people of Rajasthan is incomplete without the knowledge of costumes and ornaments. The costumes of the present have the reflections of the costumes of the past. Clothes express one’s personality and distinguish people of different places from each other. The common dress of the women constitutes (i) sari or ‘odhani’, (ii) ‘kanchli’ or ‘kunchuki’ or ‘choli’ (iii) ‘ghagara’ or ‘ghaghri’ or ‘lenghas’ elegant lehenga. Besides, the women of high status and ranks wear ‘dupatta’ and ‘patka’. The use of chappals or sandals or ‘jutis’ is also common but ladies of high families use colored sandals studded with gold threads and stars. The oldest dress of Gujaratis is chaniya choli, very similar to lehnga choli. Women in villages of put on 'chaniya' the colored petticoat often embroidered with 'abhala' or glass pieces, a similarly embroidered blouse or bodice called as 'choli' or 'polku' along with 'odhani', a colored piece of coarse cloth covering the body and the head. Elderly males of higher classes put on 'dhoti' (waist cloth) and 'kafani' or 'peharan' (shirt). For the women, sari is the basic and the most graceful form of dress. The saree is draped in different styles in the cities and in the villages of the hills. Salwar suit, lehngas, shararas, and gararas, the flairy parallel trouser-like dress, worn over long kurtas are also popular in the state, especially among the Muslim women.

Lehengas