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.