A gorgeous example of a bridal silk lehenga choli – different than a saree or sari…

The outfit shown here is a traditional Indian bridal silk ensemble. This painstakingly worked and heavily embroidered outfit is called a “lehenga choli”. Not to be confused with a saree (sari), this type of outfit will ussually be a heavily brocaded silk with gold and silver threads, beadwork and intricate designs fashioned into a tight bodice and an equally heavily worked skirt. A long peice of silk or chifon draping fabric would complete the outfit similar to a long silk scarf draped over the shoulder and sometimes the head.

While a silk saree or sari is several yards of fabric draped around the whole body, a lehenga choli or chanya choli is more of a “top and skirt” and shows of the incredible detail of the bodice and skirt – the scarf can and is often usually even more detailed, showing off the skill of the weaver, designer and patternmaker.

Essentially, the difference between this silk outfit and a saree (sari) is in the details of how it is worn, and where the handwork is shown.

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  1. Intricate detail in the silk skirt of a bridal lehenga choli
  2. How to Drape a Silk Sari (Saree)
  3. Beautiful peacock blue handworked sari (saree)


2 Responses to “A gorgeous example of a bridal silk lehenga choli – different than a saree or sari…”
  1. Fri Bailey says:

    Thanks so much for the insight. I am featuring an Indian/ Scottish wedding on my site on Tuesday, 9/22 and needed clarification on the difference between a Saree and a Lehenga. Thank you.

  2. I’m so glad I found this site…Keep up the good work I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say GREAT blog. Thanks, :)

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