The Origin of Anarkali Lehenga

Have you admired Deepika Padukone only for acting in BajiraoMastani? Definitely not. You have been surely amazed at the designs of the Anarkali suits and lehengas that she wore in this movie. She was looking gorgeous in that ethnic apparel. Not only is she, but present Bollywood divas, from Kareena Kapoor to KangnaRanawat, Anarkali lehenga stealing the limelight in every occasion. Whenever they make any public appearance in ethnic wear, they prefer to choose Anarkali lehengas.

From 2012, Anarkali lehengas have made its return in Bollywood movies. But, you can’t forget about the movies like Mughal-E-Azam, Pakhija or UmraaoJaan? The evergreen Bollywood divas, like Mina Kumari, Madhubala or Rekha have been dazzling in these gorgeous pieces in these movies. Have you ever thought how this beautiful dress came into fashion? Today, we will talk a bit about that.

Anarkali Lehenga

History of Anarkali Dress

‘Anarkali’ means the flower of pomegranate (‘Anar’=Pomegranate, ‘Kali’= Flower). Basically, Anarkali was the legendary slave girl from Lahore at the time of the empire of Akbar. The eternal love story of Salim (Akbar’s Son) and Anarkali is legendary and the film, Mughal-E-Azam, has made it timeless. Usually, the dancers, like Anarkali, used to present mujra (special kind of dance) in this dress and then it was known as mujra dress. After Anarkali, it became famous as Anarkali Dress.

Designs of Anarkali Lehengas

Usually, the gown portion of these lehengas are floor-touching, flowing and comes with lots of pleats. Today, Anarkali suits are also in trends. The upper portion of the suit is slim fitted around your bust and waist. The style enhances your curves and makes you look adorable. The length of the dress depends on person’s choice, but now the floor touching design is in fashion.


The upper portion is known as choli which is heavily embroidered. You can experiment with the designs of necklines and sleeves. Though sleeveless cholis look sexy, today, women also prefer a full sleeve of net and heavy embroidery work. A piece of Anarkali lehenga in your wardrobe can present you at any occasion with elegance and sophistication. The best thing about this dress is, it suits every body type, but the tall girls look more graceful in this suit. You can pick any materials, like satin, silk, cotton or net. The zari work or dazzling gotapatti work make the dress look wonderful.


Things You Should Remember While Wearing Anarkali Lehangas

  • You should always pair the dress with tights, leggings or churidaar. Palazzo or patialas won’t go with this dress.
  • While wearing a floor-length, you should check out that the length only covers your heels and does not get too flowing.
  • Choose beautiful neckline as that is the USP of this kind of dress.
  • For heavy busted women, Chinese collar is a big no.
  • Slim women or women with hourglass figure can try heavy flares.

So, today you get to know something important about Anarkali lehengas which was not known to you. Now, buy one for the coming occasion and look amazing.

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