Chaniya choli or ghagra choli, which is also known as lehenga choli, is the traditional clothing of women from the Indian subcontinent; notable in Indian states of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu, as well as in Hindi speaking regions of Nepal. In Punjab it was traditionally worn with the kurti and salwar. It is a combination of the chaniya or lehenga (long skirt) and the choli (blouse).
Historically, the chaniya choli evolved from the three-piece attire worn by women in ancient India. The attire consisted of the antriya lower garment, the uttariya veil worn over shoulder or head and stanapatta a chestband, which finds mentioned in Sanskrit literature and Buddhist Pali literature during 6th century B.C.
The chaniyas are made of a number of fabrics such as silk, cotton, khadi, georgette, crape, net, satin, brocade and chiffon. Even though designers have successfully used the various kinds of fabrics for making the lehenga, silk is still the preferred fabric.
Apart from the fabric, decorative stitching patterns also play a role. Lehengas come with a wide variety of decoration and embroidery work like Gota, Phulkari, Shisha, Chikankari, Zari, Zardozi, Nakshi, Kundan, etc. For festivals like Navratri, the ethnic Shisha embroidery is popular with a bit of patchwork. For formal wear and weddings, the embroidery is heavier in pearls, silk, sequins and zari.
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