January 27, 2022

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The Great Mughal Era And The Birth Of Gharara Suits

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There is a famous saying that goes, “The old things are better than the new ones, because they have got stories in them.”

As fashion, being an integral part of the Indian and Pakistani heritage, it is no secret that it has evolved since the Mughal era. An era that brought colors and gave us beautiful designs, intriguing style, intricate patterns, and impeccably handmade works embedded on equally gorgeous pieces of cloth. And that is why our love for Mughal Fashion would never die. The beauty that it holds shall never fade away. It would remain eternal and always mesmerize us with its elegance and grace. 

And now that we have the glorious fashion back again in the trends, it is time to upgrade our wardrobe and get creative with our ideas. 

Gharara Suits And Their Impactful Come Back In The Fashion Industry

Gharara — often mistaken as Sharara, is one of the colorful creations of the Mughals. The Mughlayi Khatuns would doll themselves up in colorful Ghararas for the royal events. These Gharara Suits had handmade Zari, thread, and stonework embedded in them. The whole attire was composite of a flared bottom, that too, had lace and Zari work, a Dupatta, and a straight-cut Shirt or a knee-length fitted Kurti. 

But wait, isn’t it just an identical style to Sharara Dress? Surprisingly, no.

Despite having an uncanny resemblance to a Sharara suit UK, the difference between the two traditional dresses is somewhat artful. Since the two historic suits are currently in vogue and Libas e Jamila has launched its new Wedding-wear collection, let’s learn some untold facts about a Gharara Suit. Shall we?


How Is A Gharara Suit Different from A Sharara Dress?

Even now, the debate between Sharara VS Gharara is ongoing. Although both are back again in the fashion trends, the awareness about the mere difference between the dresses still lacks. Nevertheless, we are here to decode the ever-so-confusing fashion terms for you!

While both the dress styles go back to the Mughal era, the Sharara dress is still the real deal among many other Mughal fashions. Sharara dress, along with its long-lost cousin — Gharara Suit, is essential and staple wear, for decades, in South Asian families — typically worn in matrimonial events. The dress has a pair of toe-length loose and wide, palazzo-style trousers that can have heavy work done on them. However, most Sharara bottoms are plain with intricate thread and stonework embedded in them. Moreover, the Sharara bottoms are paired with long or short, knee-length, straight, or Anarkali style Kurtis with dupatta draped on the side. 

Gharara, on the other hand, is a tough nut to crack. It is substantially not as famous as the Sharara suit. Part of the reason is that not everyone enjoys the fit and flare style. Although it is back in fashion, Gharara is hard to carry off the ever so dramatic look. It is pair of fitted pants from waist to the knees or above the knees from where the flare begins. The flare is pronounced with a wide band, preferably the traditional Indian X Pakistani work — the Gota Kinari. A short, straight, or Anrakha Style knee-length Kurti and a dupatta, much like Sharara Dress, complete the Gharara look. The style, color contrast, and Kurta and Dupatta’s work are the same in both dresses; however, the difference only lies in the bottom flare.   

Why Are Ghararas Still The Number One Pick In The Weddings?

Common facts; when the wedding bells are coming closer, you’ve got much more to worry about and a mound of the pile in your plates to un-load. Choosing a suitable dress for the big day is one of them. Ghararas have always been a part of Indian and Pakistani weddings since the lands got their much deserving independence. The population and the culture enthusiasts in both the states are very much in love with their traditional dresses. 

Choosing Gharara, among many other options, to wear on the main events has many reasons behind. Let’s unfold them all together. 

  1. Colors

Occasions like Sangeet, Rukhsati, and, sometimes, Nikkah all have one thing in common. The color red. Wine, blood, or raspberry red, crimson, wine maroon, and burgundy shades are the staple colors for big-day wear. However, pastel colors like cameo pink, lavender, thistle, teal blue, and mint green have become the ‘new in’ in today’s weddings. 

While on the other hand, vibrant bright colors are always welcoming like a breath of fresh air. This fruitful contrast gives a chic, fancy, and rich charm. 

  • Style and Fashion

We have already talked about the Gharara style. From the contemporary style knee-length, fitted Kurtis to the heavy, stone-embedded Dupattas, the look is always a blot on the landscape. The Zari, moti, and zardozi work on the Shirt’s bottom enhances the dress’ elegance and beauty. 

Furthermore, the variation in the Gharara length may come along as you desire. From ankle to floor-length flare bottoms, the flares give out a royal look to the wearer. 

  •   Accessories 

Gharara Suits are not designated to wear only at weddings. There are two categories — formal and informal, each suitable for the particular event. However, accessorizing your Gharara and not overdoing it is a difficult task. Vintage and contemporary Mughal style golden or antique silver jewelry looks the best if paired with a Gharara suit. However, you can still look for delicate pearls, stone, or queenly gems to pair up with your dress. And oh! Do not forget the statement payal to complete your look!