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35 Stunning Silk Lehengas that Define the Classy Bride

A variety of silks are available in India today, the weaving techniques of which date back to centuries. From the Kanchipuram silks of Tamil Nadu to the Banarasi brocades of Uttar Pradesh, from the Muga silk of Assam to the Ikkat silks of Odisha, from West Bengal’s Murshidabadi and Baluchari silks to Madhya Pradesh’s Chanderi silk – the list will go on and on! Tussar silks, raw silks or pure silks or pattus – these fabrics are rich, luscious and speak of class and decadence. Hence, they are extensively used in premium wedding ethnic wear in India. Not only are sarees made from silk in India, lehengas also use silk fabrics in plenty! Silks provide a lustrous base for all kinds of embellishments.

35 stunning silk lehengas for all Indian occasions

1. The Ultimate Lehenga in Black Silk

The Ultimate Lehenga in Black Silk - Silk Lehenga
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Nothing can be classier than black silk! When you are in doubt, go for black silk! Want to create an impression? Wear black silk! Want to intimidate? Go for black silk! However, this particular silk lehenga in black is all set to blow everyone’s mind. The lehenga boasts multi-color thread work on the choli which also showcases a deep plunging neckline. The skirt has floral embroidery concentrated on the bottom half. The colors used are gold, orange, red and green.

2. Chanderi Silk Lehenga in Soothing Pink

Chanderi Silk Lehenga in Soothing Pink
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Chanderi silk has a shiny metallic translucent texture which comes alive in this quartz pink silk lehenga. It is heavily embellished in silver. The choli is sleeveless and has zardozi floral chequered work. The embroidery on the skirt has been done with chintz. Delicate jaal work has been used in mini leaf patterns. The dupatta has nakshi work and checks using glass beads.

3. Olive Green Lehenga in Silk

Olive Green Lehenga in Silk
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Shiny and rich – this olive green silk is perfect for an off-beat wedding lehenga. The flared skirt boasts intricate and dense embroidered details. Self-tone thread work and silver beads, crystals have been used to create traditional geometric motifs.

4. The Mughal Bride in Red Silk


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This royal red silk lehenga can transform you into a Mughal bride on your wedding day. The red of this lehengais unique. It has a tinge of sunset orange. That lovingly complements the golden embroidery on the outfit. Panels form the design structure of the lehenga skirt which settle into a band of embroidered peacocks and floral motifs in gold.

5. Deep Coral Pink Silk Wedding Lehenga

Deep Coral Pink Silk Wedding Lehenga

A lehenga appropriate for the ultimate big fat Indian wedding! The color is a unique shade of pink – a deep coral tone. A heavy silk brocade has been used for the skirt. The floral woven designs have been coupled with zardozibeads, thread, crystal and sequin work. Double dupatta style makes the outfit even grander.

6. Floral Tussar Silk Lehenga

Floral Tussar Silk Lehenga
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Tussar is a type of silk fabric that has a natural creamy beige color. It serves as the ideal background for any multi-color design. In this case, floral digital prints have been used in multiple shades of red, pink, red etc on the tussar. Cut-work border looks good. The net dupatta comes in a light pink tone with floral border.

7. Unembellished Silk Lehenga in Bluish Lilac

Unembellished Silk Lehenga in Bluish Lilac

The appeal of this lehenga lies in the smooth and decadent silk with which it is made! The lack of embellishment intensifies the richness of the silk. The color of the outfit is different from any other shade of mauve or purple you have come across before. It has an undertone of blue. The color, texture and design language give a bout of freshness and lightness to the whole outfit. Only the cut out border showcases some zari embroidery. It has been paired with a contrast pink, embellished blouse.

8. Red Silk Lehenga Dress with Double Dupatta Style

Red Silk Lehenga Dress with Double Dupatta Style

The lehenga dress is a cross between a lehenga and a kalidar or anarkali style dress. Brides who prefer fusion fashion or those who prefer a long gown-style wedding outfit can go for such looks. A long, flared outfit also creates a posh appeal! This particular red silk lehenga dress looks even more decadent. First, the rich silk and lack of embellishment steals the show! Moreover, the double dupatta style enhances the appeal. One of them being a bespoke Benarasi dupatta makes a lot of difference.

9. South Indian Silk Lehenga in Orange and Peach

South Indian Silk Lehenga in Orange and Peach

A play of various textures and crafts can be seen in this lehenga. The skirt comes in a thousand-pleated flared look, in a heavy silk brocade. Gold and orange have been used. The dupatta and choli are in lighter peach tones with gold zari embroidery and zardozi work. The dupatta has zari applique border and the skirt too flaunts a broad gold zari work border.

10. Blue Block Printed Silk Lehenga


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This gorgeous Blue silk Lehenga has been custom. It is not only flared but has an extensive and detailed pleated look. The rich color of the silk also turns a shade lighter. The blouse is plain and going perfectly with the overall look of the outfit. The outfit has been paired with a blue block printed dupatta.

11. Multicolor Chevron Silk Lehenga

Multicolor Chevron Silk Lehenga

Though bridal, this unique lehenga can be styled in a thousand different ways post the wedding! Such a Chevron lehenga can also be sported by the bridesmaid too. The use of multicolors in pastel textures and combining them with matte gold and a bit of mirror work, does the trick. The design language is traditional with floral motifs being the focus.

12. Mirror Work on Silk

A rich azure silk fabric has been coupled with glittery mirror work to create a unique design language. Mirror work is the only form of embellishment used in this outfit. It is paired with a contrasting orange bandhej dupattawhich also showcases mirror work.

13. Pink Brocade Bridal Silk Lehenga

Pink Brocade Bridal Silk Lehenga
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With silk brocades, the need for surface embellishments is minimal. This is because the rich texture of the fabric is gorgeous enough! Also, embellishment clashes with the brocade woven designs creating an ‘over-the-top’ look. So, the designer in this case has cleverly kept the zari work and zardozi embroidery away from the brocade skirt and placed it on the choli. This light pink lehenga is paired with a white dupatta.

14. Printed Silk Lehenga


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We generally consider outfits with elaborate printed motifs as casual or regular. At most, the bride is seen flaunting a printed lehenga on one of the pre-wedding functions where she wants to keep the outfit light. But silk is one fabric on which even prints look luxurious and imperial! This lehenga, for example, used multiple hues showcasing multiple traditional printed motifs on the skirt. From zigzag motifs, elephant motifs, floral patterns to designs inspired from Indian architecture- the lehenga skirt looks regal! A bit of mirror work has also been used.

15. All That Glitters is Silk

This sunset gold toned silk lehenga belongs to a different universe! It takes one to the times of the Rajahs and the Maharanis! The lustre of the silk, the unique tone of gold, the gold zari and zardozi work, the flare, the larger-than-life appeal – make this lehenga stand apart. Mainly floral motifs have been used with large motifs of leaves.

16. Purple Silk Lehenga for Wedding

Purple Silk Lehenga for Wedding

The combination of bright purple and pale silver is mesmerizing! Silks have the ability to accentuate the depth of any color. The same has happened in this case. Floral bootas are placed all over the lehenga skirt and choli. The choli and dupatta have ornate borders while elaborate polki motifs have been used on the broad border of the lehenga skirt. The hemline of the skirt is not straight but patterned!

17. Pistachio Green Raw Silk Lehenga

The thing with silks is that even light colors look regal on them! This bride is wearing a light cool-toned pistachio green silk bridal lehenga with minimalistic gold embellishments. Tiny bootas and ornate borders are all that adorns the outfit upholding the richness of the raw silk fabric. Double dupatta style can be seen. The cross-body dupatta is in sheer net while the one draped around the head of the bride showcases jhallar details.

18. About Nets on Silk

About Nets on Silk Lehenga

This is a silk lehenga in a peach-pink shade with a layer of shrill net on top. The layering of the two fabrics creates a dramatic illusion. The woven gold triangular motifs on the net look beautiful contrasted to the soft, heavy silk underneath. The net layer also has a broad gold border.

19. Pink and Blue Silk Lehenga

This silk lehenga or south Indian half saree showcases a skirt which is unique! It is not only flared but has an extensive and detailed pleated look. The rich color of the silk also turns a shade lighter near the hemline. The blouse showcases intricate embroidery in floral and elephant motifs. Gold zardozi work is used with beads and stones. The outfit has been paired with a blue net embellished dupatta.

20. Colors on Silk

Colors on Silk

This silk lehenga looks exotic! The light blue silk is rich and numerous bright colors like pink, magenta, blue, fuchsia, gold, yellow, green, baby pink etc have been used in various floral motifs on the skirt. Perfectly contrasted to this riot of colors on the skirt is the minimalistic choli and light net dupatta.

21. Dual Tone South Indian Silk Lehenga

Dual Tone South Indian Silk Lehenga
These lehengas are popular as “half sarees” in South India. In luscious silk fabrics with luxurious zari borders, these lehenga skirts have rich textures! They come with a contrast tone blouse and dupatta. This silk lehenga is in a fiery orange tone with dark pink border. The blouse in dark pink has zari embroidery. The dupatta is pleated and stays in place with a traditional temple-style gold belt! The temple jewellery along with the richness of the silk creates a traditional look.

22. Kanchipuram  Silk Lehenga in Bronze and Dark Red

Kanchipuram  Silk Lehenga in Bronze and Dark Red
The lehenga skirt is made up of Kanchipuram silk with woven motifs, luxuriant and dense, in self-tone! The broad, dark red border with woven gold zari motifs adds depth and dimension to the outfit. Contrasted to the rich silk, the dupatta and blouse come in a lightweight bronze net! The dupatta has all-over sequin work with a thin dark red and gold border while the blouse has intricate zardozi floral motifs in self-tone embroidered on it.

23. Purple Silk Handcrafted Summer Wedding Lehenga

Purple Silk Handcrafted Summer Wedding Lehenga
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A decadent silk fabric in a bright purple tone has been used to create this silk lehenga. White and gold thread embroidery has been used on the blouse which boast a Mughal fashion-inspired yoke design and full sleeves. On the dupatta and the lehenga skirt elaborate zardozi work can be seen. The contrast of white and purple with the glamour of gold – is one of the most beautiful color combinations for ethnic wear!

24. Moss Green & Gold Brocade Silk Lehenga

Moss Green & Gold Brocade Silk Lehenga
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A Banarasi brocade lehenga in an uncommon color – moss green! The richness of the silk fabric comes alive through the exquisite Banarasi brocade work resplendent on the lehenga skirt and blouse. The light, flowing, semi-transparent net dupatta perfectly contrasts the heavy silk and brings out its luxuriousness. The dupatta has an ornate gold zari border.

25. Red Pattu Lehenga

Red Pattu Lehenga
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The lavish red silk is what makes this wedding silk lehenga unique! There is hardly any surface embellishment used! The heavily flared skirt flows into floral woven motifs which forms the border of the skirt. The choli has gold zardozi and bead embroidery in the borders as well as the sleeves. The dupatta border too showcases similar work with all over tiny boota motifs.

26. Navy Blue Silk Lehenga

The fit and flare lehenga skirt comes in a navy blue decadent silk. There is absolutely no embellishment on the dark smooth fabric and it looks extremely classy. The sleeveless choli and the dupatta have metallic zardoziwork in straight lines. The design language creates an elusive effect.

27. Banarasi Silk Lehenga Skirt with Fusion Choli

Banarasi Silk Lehenga Skirt with Fusion Choli

This silk lehenga is perfect for the engagement or mehendi or sangeet function. The light pink and silver Banarasi brocade silk lehenga skirt is exquisite. Paired with it, the deep pink fusion choli looks amazing. The choli is designed after a shirt with tie-up detail in front.

28. Purple Banarasi Silk Lehenga

Purple Banarasi Silk Lehenga
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The dark purple and gold Banarasi silk fabric is totally traditional! Floral motifs adorn the skirt and choli sleeves. The bodice comes in a brocade. This is paired with a tussar color dupatta.

29. Peach Silk Fusion Lehenga

Peach Silk Fusion Lehenga

Two shades of peach have been used in this outfit. The skirt and fusion choli come in a lighter tone while the jacket-style dupatta and skirt border are in a more pinkish peach tone. The embellishment pattern is unique. Sequin work, all over, creates a homogeneous, textured design language.

30. Multi-Toned Gold Lehenga in Silk

Multi-Toned Gold Lehenga in Silk

For those who are not fond of traditional ethnic wedding wear, you can go for a lehenga of this type for your wedding reception party. The lehenga uses various shades of gold on a rich silk surface. The color transition effect looks great with the thorough sequin work. It is paired with a sleeveless choli and net dupatta.

31. Matte Banarasi Brocade Lehenga

Matte Banarasi Brocade Lehenga
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One of the most subtle and beautiful lehengas in this list! The purple used in the case of this outfit is warm toned. The silk fabric makes it rich. The choli and the dupatta are pretty low on the embellishment scale so that all the focus shifts to the woven Banarasi brocade skirt. The work is unique as it is devoid of all the glitter. The brocade work is done using matte gold threads. The traditional motifs look beautifully Indian and fresh!

32. Black Boho Silk Lehenga

Having a strong boho vibe, this black silk lehenga is truly unique! The full-sleeve choli is completely unembellished. The skirt has vertical panels that transition into multiple zigzag layers of vibrant colors. In textured silk fabrics, these layers comprise the design language of the outfit. The design is repeated on the dupatta too.

33. Floral Unembellished Silk Lehenga

Floral Unembellished Silk Lehenga
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A simplistic heavy organza and silk lehenga in a dusty pink tone! The choli has full sleeves. There is no embellishment except for a huge hand-crafted flower attached to the lehenga skirt.

34. Banarasi Silk South Indian Lehenga

Banarasi Silk South Indian Lehenga
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A traditional south Indian half saree in a luxurious Banarasi brocade fabric in purple and gold! The pleated look of the skirt is exotic. The dupatta comes in a contrasted off-white shade with gold zari and thread work in floral motifs, with cut work border.

35. Black and Orange Ikkat Silk Lehenga


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This black silk lehenga is one of a kind! The skirt has a chequered look. It is paired with black ikkat high-neck choli with embellished neckline and sleeve borders. The dupatta is a traditional silk ikkat one using black, orange and gold. The skirt border also has a broad band of orange on which gold embroidered motifs are placed.

Conclusion

Silks fabrics are intertwined with the history, heritage and culture of India! Silk production and trade in India dates back to the 15th Century. Heavy silk trading took place between India and China, Persia, Greece, Italy and even the Mediterranean region. The trade route used for the purpose is still known as the Silk Route or the Silk Road.

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