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Regional Costumes of India

Mekhla Chadar :
It is the traditional bridal wear of the Assamese, the Mekhla is similar to that of a Sari in terms of design, but still not a Sari. There is a fine line of difference between a Sari and a Mekhla. The later is composed of two or three pieces of cloth, while the former is just a single piece of cloth. A Mekhla is worn in a manner where one part of it acts as the skirt (petticoat or Lungi), while the other part (the Chaddar); similar to that of the Anchal of a Sari.
Coupled with this, blouses are worn below the Chadar for a complete look. There is another point of difference between a Mekhla and a Sari. The former has a broad border and the texture is thick, with the Anchal being a bit light-weight such that it can be easily handled.

Traditionally the Mekhla Chadar is cream in color and has silk thread work all over. Flowers, animals and birds are some designs on a bridal saree. Fabric used is Muga silk. The blouses worn by the bride is called a Riha. The Mekhla Chadar covers the blouse and only sleeves are visible.
Conventional Sari from Kerala :
The customary dress forms of Kerala are the ‘mundu and neriathu’. The ‘mundum-neriyathum’ is the present form of the prehistoric Saris. In this form of dressing, the traditional piece is the ‘mundu’ forming the lower portion while ‘neriyathu’ is the upper garment. Two pieces of cloth, the ‘mundu’ is practiced to be worn below the navel, round the hips. This hand woven cotton cloth is quite comforting during summers. This attire is best in giving a royal and elegant look.

Pheran :
Famous in Jammu & Kashmir, the traditional dress ‘pheran’ comes as a loosely fitted woolen garment acting as a protection from the chilly winter waves. Held inside the Pheran is the Kangri, (a traditional fire pot) which is used for warming up the body in winters.


Evolving trend of ‘Kurtis’
With an evolving trend of fashion, every season comes with a new style and fashion statement. One time craze in the fashion fraternity, ‘kurtis’ are now back in the fashion arena and has been gaining immense popularity in the west too. The fashion stalwarts have accepted kurti as one of the biggest fashion quotient and innovation is only making it all the more widely accepted.

The main reason behind kurtis becoming such a craze all over again is that they can be a smooth and elegant wear right from classrooms to ceremonies, from office to business luncheons, from movie halls to even evening cocktails. The main point that should be considered is that you wear the right fabric, the right color, match it up with the right silhouette and accessories are teamed up in the right pattern.

These days, kurtis are found in varied styles, designs, colors and fabric. One can easily wear anything to match up the kurti – right from churidars to denims, from pants to skirts, to even leggings. Georgette, cotton, chiffon, crepe, khadi – kurtis can be made out of any of these fabrics. Embroideries, patchwork, sequins and prints – kurtis can handle any type of deign!

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