Gharara Suits: Understanding this Graceful Traditional Attire Better
Gharara vs Sharara
Traditional attire like Shararas and Ghararas have come back in vogue and have become a trend on special occasions and wedding events. While both sound similar and are often swapped with each other, they are quite different from one another. While a Sharara is a pair of loose and wide-leg trousers typically worn with straight Kurtis or designer anarkalis with a dupatta as part of the ensemble, Gharara is a pair of trousers fitted from the waist to the knees with a thick band right above the knees, where the cloth is gathered to form a flare to the toes. While, a sharara is akin to modern-day wide-leg palazzos but embellished with sequins, stones, zari and beads, a gharara is worn with a short kurti and a dupatta also embellished with work similar to a sharara.
Fabric and Styling
Ghararas have their origin in Lucknow and were typically worn by Indian Muslim women with a mid-length tunic and paired with wide-leg pants gathered at the knee. The attire reflected the wearer’s social status back in those days. The gharara’s flare is marked with a decorated gota patti band to conceal the joint and is usually paired with a mid-thigh length kameez. As compared to a sharara, Gharara uses less fabric to tailor. The Gharara trousers/pants can be quite dramatic with each leg crafted with over 12m of fabric. For casual wear, cotton is much preferred, while for special occasions, fabrics vary from Silk to Georgette to Jamawaar Banarasi, Brocade and more.
Styling and Occasions to Wear
From times immemorial, trousers/pajamas have witnessed immense experimentation that includes shararas, ghararas, farshi pajamas and fararas, not to forget the modern-day Palazzos. While Farshi pyjamas look similar to Ghararas, they are a little loose on the thighs and gather a few inches below the knees where it starts flaring to the end, where it touches the floor. A Farshi is typically paired with mid-thigh length Kurti. In a Gharara, you can pair the pants with a long or short kurti or even an Anarkali. This attire is best for a wedding event as it exudes both elegance and ethnicity.
Embellished with delicate zari work, sequins, stones, beads, thread or zardosi work, since the Mughal era, Gharara used to have pure gold and silver work on it back in the Mughal era. Now, floral motifs are usually embroidered on Ghararas on fabrics like chiffon, silk, net or velvet. For bridal wear, Ghararas have a lot of dabka, gota or salma work. Ghararas are usually in vogue during the wedding season for functions like mehendi or Qawaali nights, etc.
Top 10 Stylish Gharara Suits You Can Check out
Embroidered Gharara Suit in Grey
Priced at Rs.4,650, marketed by Panash India, this beautiful Grey Gharara Suit is crafted in Georgette fabric and includes a short Anarkali styled kameez, adorned with thread and cord embroidery, further embellished with sequins work.
With a matching grey coloured Gharara, also in Georgette, the set also includes a powder blue chiffon dupatta, decorated with golden lace detailing and stones. While the kameez has intricate embroidery work on the neck, arms and through the length of the kameez, the gharara has worked along with the gathers with floral embroidery on the hem as well as around the ankle length. This beautiful Georgette Embroidered Pakistani Gharara Suit is best paired with fashion earrings and wedges or heels for footwear.
Bottle Green Heavy Work Semi Stitched Gharara Suit
A Bottle Green Gharara suit that is crafted in Georgette and adorned with zari embroidery and stonework, this beautiful semi-stitched set comes with a kameez, a dupatta and gharara bottom. While the kameez measures 94 cm in length, the gharara measures 100cm with a 2.25m dupatta. The Georgette Kameez has a santoon lining and the dupatta is made of net fabric.
The entire ensemble is decorated with embroidery work in zari with peach coloured floral stitching throughout the length of the top, the dupatta and the bottom. Priced at Rs.3,999, the Bottle Green Heavy Work Semi Stitched Gharara Suit looks gorgeous in bottle green colour, best paired with an emerald green stone studded Maang Tika and ethnic jhumkis.
Maroon Partywear Gharara Suit
Captivate the crowd with this beautiful Gharara Suit and be the Queen for the evening. With a net kameez and net gharara, each with a Santoon lining the Gharara set comes paired with a net dupatta as well. With ¾ sleeves and metallic tassel droppings on the kameez hem, the entire set is embroidered with intricate floral design and gives off a typical Nawabi vibe.
Priced at Rs.3,810, the Maroon Partywear Gharara Suit is best paired with a maang tika, ethnic danglers and other ethnic accessories with a pair of ethnic footwear to complete the look. The Maroon Partywear Gharara Suit is available in sizes 32-44” for an additional custom tailoring price of Rs.900.
Peach and Chata Patti Embroidered Gharara Suit
An unstitched Embroidered Gharara ensemble from Reeshma, this beautiful Peach coloured suit comes with an Organza pearl printed kameez, with design on the front, at the back and on the sleeves. With a V-neckline and a Lawn dyed inner Cambric dyed gharara, the suit is embroidered with intricate chata patti detailing and also has organza pearl printed dupatta. The Peach and Chata Patti Embroidered Gharara Suit can be custom-tailored to a maximum of 42”. The Peach and Chata Patti Embroidered Gharara Suit is crafted in Chiffon fabric and is priced at Rs.8,776. For sizes larger than 42”, you can place a special request.
Bollywood Vogue Custom Made Blue Gharara Suit
A gorgeous Blue Gharara suit that has been custom-tailored Bollywood style, the ensemble features a boat neckline, has a side zip closure and comes with ¾ sleeves. With a contoured waistband on the Gharara and drawstring opening, the suit includes a Pink net dupatta, adored with gota patti and blue borders on the sides. While the kameez is plain and royal blue in colour with a tassel tie-on at the back, the Gharara is decorated with gota patti work in a geometric pattern with a gota patti lacing at the joint as well. The Bollywood Vogue Custom Made Blue Gharara Suit is priced at Rs. 4,672 and made of Art Silk, Taffeta and Net fabrics, available in other colours like Gold, Beige and Peach as well.
Grey Color Gharara Suit with Dupatta
The Grey Coloured Gharara Suit with Dupatta is a classy ensemble in Pink colour. Made of net fabric, it has a diamond, pita and zari work throughout the suit has bell sleeves and also includes a matching dupatta. Ideal for party, festive or wedding events, this gorgeous Grey Gharara Suit is available in sizes 36-42”. The intricate embroidery on this lovely outfit makes it an elegant choice for such special occasions and its simple dupatta with a silver border downplays the overwhelming work if at all. The grey coloured Gharara Set from Rajwadi is priced at Rs. 8,399.
Yellow Embroidered Jacket Style Gharara Suit
Steal the show with this beautiful straight cut Yellow Bandhej Print Kameez in Art silk fabric, topped with a matching colour jacket. This gorgeous yellow jacket has been embellished with gota patti embroidery and a dori tie-up, enhanced further with pretty tassel drops. Paired with a white-coloured crepe Gharara and a yellow coloured chiffon dupatta with lace detailing, this magnificent ensemble is unstitched and includes a Kameez piece than can be tailor-made up to 42” with a maximum length of 40”. The Yellow Embroidered Jacket Style Gharara Suit is priced at Rs.3,931.
Solid Red Hand Work Garara Suit Set
Custom-tailored in a solid red colour, this beautiful Gharara Suit Set is made in Georgette fabric, adorned with hand embroidery on the kameez shoulder and little floral butis through the length of the kameez. With ¾ umbrella sleeves, the kameez sleeves have been bordered with a golden patti lace of premium quality. The Gharara is made in solid red colour as well with no embroidery. Available in sizes small-2XL, the Solid Red Hand Work Gharara Suit Set is made in a straight cut style and is priced at Rs.2,350.
Rust Orange Gharara Suit with Thread Embroidery Work
The Rust Orange Gharara Suit is made in cotton fabric with machine styled embroidery in white on the neck and on the sleeves. Designed with a round neck, the suit has ¾ sleeves and box pleats at the back. Paired with a matching colour bottom, the gharara has sequins embroidery in floral motifs on the hemline in white colour. Available in sizes US 0- US 17, the Rust Orange Gharara Suit is adorned with a beautiful blend of embroidery, sequins and resham thread work, priced at Rs.5,940.
Green Zari Work Gharara Set
The Green Gharara Suit Set from Ahalyaa brings ethnicity back in vogue with this gorgeous Green Kurti, Dupatta and Gharara Set. Designed with a round neckline and half sleeves, the set has been decorated with zari work throughout the kurti length and the dupatta border making it an elegant and attractive attire to don. Styled in a regular fit with a solid pattern, the Green Zari Work Gharara Set is made of Poly Silk Fabric and is available in sizes Small-2XL, priced at Rs.2,020.
Bonus Tips: Latest Trend in Gharara Styles
A traditional outfit, a Gharaa comes with a pair of wide-legged trousers, fitted from the waist to the knees and pleated at the knee to culminate into a natural flair and like any other outfit, this attire too has evolved in it design, choice of colour and fabric over the years. Here are some latest trends in Gharara Style:
- Colours – While wine and burgundy are popular for festive occasions, pastel hues like dove grey, pale pink or mint are quite the highlight. Nude is the new black and colors like parfait, beige and pecan are back in style. In the same breath, vibrant colors and machine crafted designs continue to rule the fashion element giving the outfit its dainty, yet urban and diverse appeal.
- Style – Gharara’s knee bit is adorned with colorful and ethnic designs and patterns crafted in zari or zardosi work which enhances the glam quotient, giving off a royal look. Embroidered heavy with intricate detailing, this 12 metered fabric flares out like a wave with a crimpling effect on the knee. Often confused as Farshi Pajama, the Gharara differs in terms of its length and designing both at the top and on the bottom. While the kurata in former may be ankle length, the kurta in a Gharara set extends only till the knees. The bottom of the Farshi pajama is long with uninterrupted flow, flaring out at the bottom, while in the latter the pleats at the knees create a broader flare.
- Creativity – Back in the days, the royal Ghararas were worn and shown off only during festivities or weddings, but over the years, their styling and make have transformed to the extent that they can now be worn in lighter fabrics and on casual occasions as well. Contemporary designs and prints in addition to modern needlework and embroidery have made headways into the basic styling of this outfit, making it universally popular.
- Fabrics – Apart from India, other international markets like in the Middle East, Pakistan and more identify the Gharara’s beautiful vibe and have started to connect with its traditional essence by wearing it on their festive occasions. Besides the heavy brocade and silk fabrics, the gharara was usually made in, now other fabrics like chiffon, crepe, satin, georgette and different types of silk fabric are also considered in its making.
- Accessorizing the Gharara– While weddings usually are the most popular way of showing off a Gharara’s beauty, innovative changes have redefined its personality, in terms of how it can now be worn for any formal or informal event. Keeping in mind the conventional styling and contemporary fashion appeal, a Gharara is best paired with gold plated jewelry or kundan jewelry, encrusted with semi-precious stones, precious gems or pearls. You can also experiment with delicate chains with pendants from a modern glam perspective.
Sharara outfits are extremely versatile and can be worn in any function. The success of an ensemble doesn’t depend on whether it’s the expected one. It depends on the way you carry it and accessorises it! So, wear anything you like – just rock it with your confidence!