One the most well known fabrics of India- Chanderi, has wooed Indian women for centuries. Initially used for making affluent sarees, the fabric has now been extended to the category of lehenga cholis, salwar suits as well as fusion wear. A lot of designers like Ayush Kejriwal, Gaurang Shah and Ritu Kumar have closely worked with Chanderi to make amazing runway collections.
The beauty of intricacies:
The weavers of Chanderi fabric are expert at making intricate motifs with golden, silver and copper zari to make permanent designs on the fabric. Flowers, peacocks, lotus, geometrical patterns form an integral part of the buttis. Nalferma, Chatai, Jangle, Mehendi wale haath, etc are some of the traditional motifs which are commonly made. The intrinsic beauty of Chanderi has witnessed patronage from Bollywood divas like Kareena Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Sridevi and many more.
Lehenga Cholis made with Chanderi:
Chanderi silk being light weight and shiny, it gives a perfectly flowing flare to the lehenga. The fabric is strong enough to hold embellishments like appliqué work, lace work and resham embroidery. A pastel coloured Chanderi silk lehenga choli adorned with silver sequins would look elegant at a daytime wed-lock ceremony. Chanderi silk and cotton blends are also extensively used in making wedding panetar lehenga cholis which is the traditional bridal outfit in Gujarat. Such bridal outfits are commonly decorated with mirror work and zardozi. Chanderi cotton and cotton-silk lehengas are apt for Indian summers. The transparency and sheerness of the fabric tends to give a sensual look to the garment. You can find a beautiful range of such dressy lehengas on saree.com.
A contemporary touch
These days designers are coming up with innovative collections by teaming up Chanderi with other fabrics like velvet, georgette, Lucknawi and many more to make exclusive fusion lehengas, jacket and cape lehenga cholis and other contemporary silhouettes to meet the changing needs of the fashion world.