If you are an avid enthusiast of ethnic wear and follow the trends circulating in the fashion circle closely – we are pretty sure you know what we are talking about already. Shararas and Ghararas are back in vogue and how! Be it a simple day at work or your best friend’s mehndi ceremony, both these styles have become a go-to ensemble for many fashionistas out there.
But if you are late to the party and are yet to learn about the difference between a gharara and a sharara, we are here to help you.
A story of their origin –
Let’s do a quick throwback and find out more about the origin of these regal styles. Sharara is a style that’s of a Lebanese origin, but we can trace its roots back to the Hamedan tribe in Yemen. It came to the Indian subcontinent with arrival of the Mughal royalty in 16th century.
The Gharara on the other hand is a traditional Lucknowi outfit that was worn and introduced by the Nawabs of Awadh. Both Sharara and Gharara, gained popularity simultaneously in the early 19th century and were part of everyday attire amongst Muslim women of the Indian belt. Their popularity was furthered on a global scale by socio-political icons like Fatima Jinnah and Begum Rana Liaquat Ali Khan in the early 20th century.
The aesthetics of the ensemble –
Now although the Sharara and Gharara are quite similar when it comes the overall look. However, they have exclusive designs and are tailored differently. The Sharara, first and foremost, consists of a kameez that can be both long and short in length along with a dupatta. The pant is the highlight of this ensemble with multiple layers of flared fabric falling in ruffles over each other while carrying zari or embellished gotas.
The Gharara is a more toned down version of the same. The kameez or the kurta is usually a short one with a dupatta along with loose pants that are cinched at the knees. This causes the hemline at the ankles to dramatically flare out, giving an illusion of wearing a skirt. The gota at the knee is generally embellished or sports magnificent zari work as well.
Back in vogue!
Shararas and Ghararas have been playing peek-a-book in the modern day fashion scenario since the early the 1960’s. Bollywood and its leading ladies have played a major role in promoting this trend. Be it the legendary Meena Kumari in the cult classic movie Pakeezah in the 1970’s or the glamorous Kareena Kapoor in the song “Bole Chudiyaan” in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham in early 2000’s or the iconic elegance of Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani in 2010’s, the trend makes a comeback everytime because of its timeless majestic allure.
You can flaunt a simple printed version of Sharara and Gharara for a comfortable office fit, a mildly embroidered or zari version for an occasional family function or go all-out regal with heavily embellished and studded versions available at Taruni to have the spotlight on you for the entire evening.
Be it any occasion, find your fit and style of designer Ghararas and Shararas at your nearest Taruni store or shop online from www.taruni.in for all your upcoming special occasions.