Ghagras are worn by girls and women in the states of Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, while lehengas are a more modern take on ghagras. The latter is most commonly worn during weddings, sangeets and festivals while the humble ghagra is used as daily wear by traditional women in India.
While having more similarities than distinct features, lehengas and ghagras have the following minor differences:
- The blouses of ghagras are generally longer, covering more of the midriff, while lehengas tend to have shorter blouses.
- Lehengas are heavily influenced by Moghul culture, with lots of embroidery and stonework, while ghagras have an Indian influence.
- Lehengas are form-fitting dresses and worn at the waist to enhance the shape of the wearer’s body. Ghagras, on the other hand, are loose-fitting and inspired by Indian culture