As a dancer, her costume indeed was dramatic. ‘Anarkali suits’ as it is known today is a combination of long kurta and bottoms like churidar. The kurta is fitted on the bust and normally features large pleats that flare out around the legs like an umbrella. Sleeves usually full, short or half-sleeves, are tight at the arms and tight above the waist. During the Mughal era these kinds of apparels were worn by famous dancers doing the ‘mujra’ or ‘mujara’ who danced for the entertainment of the Mughal kings. These mujra dresses evolved to be called ‘Anarkalis’ in remembrance of a great dancer and a passionate lover Anarkali.
The style too has evolved like the name and latest designs of Anarkali style are popular clothing style in India and abroad. NRI’s and celebrities have made this a globally adorned trend. It’s now Fashion!!! And fashion includes different prints, materials, embroidery work, stylish necks, designer’s art and competition among the designers to run the cover page.
The frock has heavily embellished and embroidered yoke. The upper portion called ‘choli’ is heavily embroidered and its bottom is usually highlighted with a beautiful border. ‘Cholis’ are stitched with latest fashion and designs of different styles in sleeves and neck. The ‘duppata’ of this dress is equally or perhaps more heavily embroidered and the ‘salwar’ is simple in format.
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