The farshi gharara or pajama is a late 17th and early 20th century dress of the privileged classes of Uttar Pradesh. It was worn by royalty in the Muslim courts. (more…)
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Many times we wear clothes we love not knowing their origination, rich background, and culture. As styles and trends come and go there are some outfits that tend to be easily forgotten. (more…)
Fashion changes so quickly and rapidly that it’s some times hard to keep up. You know when a new style comes out and you fall in love with it so you buy tons of new outfits in that style and you can’t wait to wear all of them or at least get to wear them while they’re still “in” right? That’s always exciting but what happens if you don’t get to wear your all your new outfits and then new trends start coming in? They just get showed to the back of your closet. This is worse for those who live in areas where they can’t easily buy South Asian clothes. Those people just have to plan ahead and stock up so it’s not always easy. It’s easier when you live in a city where there are a great number of shops where you can get your shopping done. What do you do when something is no longer in style? Do you just throw it out/get rid of it or do you put it in the back of your closet and wait till it’s back in again?
Why does everything always come with a price on it? Whether you want quality, craftsmanship, genuineness, or even tradition; they all come with a price! The last topic on ghararas got me thinking…they’re so expensive no wonder no one wears them anymore! Sure, all Indian clothes are expensive…especially in the West, however, some are outrageously over priced! Ghararas are hard to find too. If ghararas only come in fancy wear then its obvious why their price tags are such but even everyday clothes are an added expense. Polyester is cheaper than cotton but who wants even a second of it in these hot summer months? Additionally, everyone claims that the salwar kameez or anarkali they are wearing is silk but chances are its probably not!
Most outfits are made with synthetic fabric and machine instead of hand embroidered and they are still so expensive that you don’t think of looking for the authentic fabrics. That’s one of the problems with readymade outfits. Saris, on the other hand, are great quality and craftsmanship for the price you pay. You can get an authentic pure silk sari and sure you’ll pay the price but at least it’s worth it. What’s better than getting your money’s worth. That’s always a better choice than paying an arm and a leg for cheap synthetics. Unfortunately, we don’t always have a choice.
When most people think of a gharara they associate it with a few other things: Muslim women, brides, formal wear, and most of all grace and elegance! During the 19th and early 20th centuries, it was worn as an everyday attire by upper class North Indian Muslim women. To learn more about the gharara click here: http://www.arzoomag.com/culture/the-gharara-truth/
Unfortunately, the gharara has long diminished as everyday wear. It has become reserved for only special occasions; mainly as bridal wear. Even then very few brides actually wear the gharara. Few people in general wear ghararas. They have diminished but not disappeared!
What do I love about the gharara? It’s actually quite a beautiful attire. A very elegant lengha type outfit split in two. It’s regal and charming. Royal and elegant. The gharara has its own beauty and grace unlike any other Indian outfit. It’s not possible to compare it with anything else since its lavishness can’t be compared with anything else! Just like the sari is unique and amazing, the gharara has its own qualities that make it stand out!
It’s been one busy summer with all the weddings. Some so lavish and some not so great. Overall, orange has been very hot amongst the guests. Anarkalis retained their popularity. Saris flooded the room and lenghas shined in bright, hot colors. Ghararas have slowly been making a popular comeback as well. One thing is certain. There have been a lot of blue brides! No, they’re not blue themselves but there is definitely a blue trend. It has made me wonder if brides are wearing blue because they really do love it or just to be trend followers? The modern bride is a rebel. She does not follow traditions!
Red remains the bridal color and always will but does it retain its popularity? That depends. Many brides will wear red on their wedding day while making exceptions for other wedding rituals and events. Some will portray only glimpses of red. Many other colors are starting to take over and lead the way.
I’ll admit that red did get a bit boring. Especially brides who thought that if they wore red there was no need to make any effort. Especially, some of the plain, non-bridal lenghas that became the rage. Probably the worst part of the red rage is that even those brides who don’t traditionally wear red began to do so. Contrary to the popular belief, not all Indian brides wear red. Gujarati brides wear the red and white panetar. Which is loosing its place. Gujarati as well as many other brides are dressing less traditionally and wearing red or blue or gold. Instead of saris they are wearing lenghas. Though lenghas are regal saris are not any less elegant.
June and July were the busiest for weddings. However, summer has not yet ended and wedding seasons continues through Fall. I hope I don’t see anymore blue. In addition, those who wear black to weddings should be banned! Brides should learn to look like one and guests should take Fashion 101. Many traditions are slowly disappearing and will sadly become extinct as new ones take over.
Lenghas, Chaniya Cholis, Ghagras, Ghararas, Shararas, or whatever else you choose to don…they come with long and wide dupattas, chunris, odhnis… (more…)
A bride’s trosseau is her collection of clothes and jewelry that she takes with her from her parent’s home to her husband’s. (more…)
The Indian wardrobe is longer just Indian. Let’s face it, we all have a wide collection of Western clothes, accessories, and shoes. (more…)
Lengha, ghagra, chaniya choli…or whatever you want to call it, is rarely worn around the house or to a dinner party or other small function. Right? When was that last time you cooked a meal in a chaniya choli? Try to recall the most recent time time you pranced around your house in a lengha? Never! This is the answer that brings us to the point being that the lengha has been reserved only for more lavish occasions such as weddings and festivals. But why? Ghararas, native to Lucknow, have close to disappeared from the planet or only reserved for brides. Sure, no one is saying to walk around everywhere you go in that lengha choli you received in your trosseau! Of course not! Then? All over Gujarat and Rajasthan women adorn themselves in vibrant chaniya cholis every day as they work in the fields or do housework. Then why don’t we? Perhaps there is an ongoing wait for someone to start this new trend by wearing lenghas on casual occasions as well. This brings us to the problem, which is probably the root of it all, that it is difficult to impossible to find a casual wear lengha! They just don’t make them anymore. Sad but true…the lengha will forever remain formal from now on.
Your culture and background plays an important role in deciding what you will wear on your wedding. It is also important that you feel comfortable in what you wear and it reflects your personality. Either way, it is (more…)