From Diwali, Eid, Lohri to Pongal, Bihu and Holi, India is a land of beautiful festivals, and we Indians love our ethnic clothes. We love dressing ourselves up in fine jewellery and colorful dresses and only god knows how many distinct fabrics are indigenous to our culturally diverse country. However, there are a few fabrics that are used more commonly in our ethnic dresses than others, such as, cotton, silk, crepes, georgettes, chiffons and velvet.
Be it the nine yard Sabyasachi silk sarees worn by Divya Balan or the beautiful Manish Malhotra lehengas worn by Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra, or the westernized salwar suits from Neeta Lulla worn by Aishwarya Rai, the ethnic wear fabric choices in our fashion industry are as vivid as our culture and our colors. The choice of fabric usually depends on what the occasion is. Here is a quick guide to all the everyday and also not-so-everyday ethnic wear fabrics that you can buy online.
This versatile, cool and lightweight fabric can be regarded as the king of fabrics during the Indian summers. Moreover, this fabric can also be used for most cuts and ethnic styles, and can also be blended with other fabrics to produce certain other fabrics such as Chanderi, twill, voile and plaids.
The mere mention of silk creates visions of luxury and royal palaces. Due to its luxurious texture and beautiful drapes, this ethnic wear fabric is considered special by many all over the world. Silk sarees and lehengas are specially favoured by many, especially during the weddings.
From ‘dhak dhak karne laga’ to ‘Saree ke fall sa’ Indian film industry’s love affair with georgette sarees refuses to die down. Woven out of silk, pure georgette can be a gorgeous dress material. But you can also find a less expensive version of it created from a combination of nylon and polyester. Due to its graceful and delicate appearance, this ethnic wear fabric is favoured by many Indian women. Moreover, this beautiful fabric is also lightweight and doesn’t wrinkle easily, which makes it easy to maintain.
Chiffon is widely used in sarees and salwar suits. It is a very lightweight textile made from either silk, nylon, polyester or rayon and tends to be sheer, with a faint shimmer. As it falls in dreamy drapes, it is an ideal ethnic wear fabric used to create flowy anarkalis.
Nowadays, you can buy semi-stitched dress materials in any of these ethnic wear fabrics online and pay for them via credit or debit cards and internet banking. You can also pay for them in cash on delivery.