The Variations of Mughal Inspired Anarkali Dress


Anarkalis, an attire that has gained popularity over recent time, finds its existence since the Mughal era. Today if we step out and ask someone about Anarkali suits, almost every person would have a gist of it and would be able to explain some of the other parts of it.

However, we at Moledro being an expert in dressmaking know the intricacies and minute details that keep an Anarkali different from its other sibling varieties. The typical and most go-to festive wear Anarkali got its name from the fictional courtesan Anarkali, who was buried alive due to the illicit relationship with the crowned prince, Salim.

While her fate met a tragedy, we were bestowed with a royal attire that gives the ultimate regal gold-dusted touch. But do you know even Anarkali has variations in today’s market and we would tell you a few popular ones!

  1. The Asymmetrical One: 

Balance can be struck with asymmetry too and that’s why the asymmetrical version of Anarkali is so popular these days. It not only delivers the edge, the oomph that is needed to bring forth the uniqueness but also showcases the beauty of the silhouette. The asymmetrical style Anarkali is widely popular in today’s market and to achieve a good fall it is most often tailored in silk, georgette, chiffon, or soft silk material.

  1. Lehenga Styled:

The regality of the lehenga in combination with the Anarkali style kurta can never go wrong and makes multiple eyes turn for all the good reasons. Anarkali and lehenga have grown popular in recent times due to their versatility. It can be festive wear, can also be worn during marriage ceremonies, and is widely loved and preferred by the bridesmaid of today’s generation. Though it is a historical attire and draws its inspiration from the Mughal era, the unique touch of today stays unmissable.

  1. Jacket Styled: 

Both long and short jackets have seen their integration into the Anarkali attire. Be it of contrast shade or a similar shade, the use of a jacket to enhance the beauty of the Anarkali ensemble is a sought-after trend. In this variation, the jacket is usually heavily embroidered while the Anarkali kurta is mostly plain or slightly worked. Moreover, to keep

the beauty of the jacket intact, the dupatta is also lightly constructed. The use of jackets over Anarkali dates back to the Mughal time when bodice-style jackets were mostly opted for.

  1. Palazzo Paired: 

The comfort of the palazzo is unbeatable and since the pandemic has hit us, our love affair for comfort wear has increased manifold. The use of palazzo with the Anarkali style kurta gives a royal yet casual appearance. If paired right it also gives a starkly remarkable look that can be recreated in everyday appearance. Nowadays, cotton or rayon fabric is commonly used to bring ethnic wear of the Anarkali type.

Apart from these common types, Anarkali is also available in various lengths, ranging from calf-length to floor length. Moreover, to give more modern looks, Anarkali kurtas also come with front slits with sheer material forming the peplum part. In the past few years’ cape-style Anarkali kurta has also seen a rise in its demand as they are easy to manage with a dupatta-like structure attached to the shoulders.

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