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Eid -Ul -Zuha in the traditional adaah: Ghararas and Shararas for celebrating the festive day.



The month of Ramadan is about to end and Eid is just round the corner. A month of earnest prayer, fasting and observing restraint is about to harbour in a day of festivities and good cheer.

Whether you are 9 or 90, Eid spells prosperity and abundance for everyone. It is hard to wait to dig into sumptuous biryanis, kebabs and sheermaals and of course no Eid celebration can ever be complete without sweet sevvaiyans.

And oh, how can we forget, Eid is the day to play dress up for everyone; a way to express their joy on this auspicious day. What can beat the style and the comfort of traditional Ghararas and Shararas to steal the show ?

Ghararas and Shararas are both favoured outfits in the North of India especially in the Hindi/Urdu speaking belt where they originated. However these have become very popular in all parts of the Hindi and Urdu speaking world including Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The two terms are often confused with each other although their advent in Indian ethnic wear is not more than a couple of hundred years old.

The Gharara set is a three piece dress like the Sharara. While both outfits consist of a kurti or top of varying lengths, and a duppata or long scarf, the main point of departure is the style of the pants.

A Sharara pant is usually a flared palazzo style pant with enough fabric used to give the impression of a voluminous skirt.

The Gharara on the other hand is a pair of wide legged pants which is ruched at the knee to achieve an exaggerated flare. On an average each leg of a Gharara may use up to 12 meters of cloth to achieve that dramatic flare.

Both Ghararas and Shararas originated from the silhouettes of Mughal women's Farshi Pajama - a flowing divider skirt held at the waist using drawstrings. It was made to fall all the way to the ankles from where it  flared exaggeratedly onto the floor.

The Gharara and Sharara achieved their final form in the Awadh region of Uttar Pradesh, most of which now comes under Lucknow.



The loose pant style bottoms of the outfit gained pan Indian popularity at one time and not only were they embraced by eminent women as appropriate attire for public life, they became quite popular among movie actors of the time in the 70's thanks to style icons like Meena Kumari and Saira Banu.



 Later they were adopted by people  of all religions as  comfortable and easy to wear everyday garment among young girls and women alike.

Although they are no longer as popular as everyday wear they are still all the rage as festive wear, including both festivals like Eid as well as as wedding attire.

So, this Eid you can pick a Gharara or a Sharara which flatters you the best. With a flood of options now available you can customize and pick from a variety of fabrics, embellishments, color combinations as well as the neck styles, sleeve lengths and length of kurtis to go with the pants.

There is a range of options to chose from, on

There are all over embroidered Shararas in Silk in a tonal look to make the best outing on a summer Eid.

If you like floral hues then the perfect choice is a contrasting Chanderi Georgette contrast Sharara  with minimal embroidery.

For those of you who are going to be on your feet all day, visiting relatives, exchanging gifts, there is nothing like the cool comfort of an Embroidered Cotton Linen Sharara set.

For the newlywed bride celebrating her first Eid with the in-laws nothing can match the glowing blush of her happiness like a  soft pink crepe silk gota work Lucknowi sharara suit 

A Sage Green Embroidered Silk Sharara Suit is the ideal choice for young girls with the light fabric and the cool shade both reflecting the exuberance and innocence of early spring.

A Lemon yellow sharara suit  is most becoming for hotter climes and ideal to reflect the good cheer of Eid.

Whichever fabric, color or embellishment you might prefer, there is always the right Sharara for everyone.

This Eid, reward yourself or a loved one for the earnest observance of Ramadan and pick a beautiful Gharara or a Sharara to compliment you perfectly on this occasion.

Eid Mubaarak !!

 Images Courtesy : Pintrest.

Article By : Bhavna R

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