The tent like anarkali salwar suits would have been a forgotten moment in history. Had it not been for designer duo Abu-Sandeep who bought out the stylish white anarkali models out of the grave literally! They boldly used white (more associated with widows and Hindus preferred not to wear the color or the style). When they introduced it on the catwalk in the early 90s, it caught on the fancy of a generation. Today no longer is the white associated with the widow. The white has become the base color for a kaleidoscope of patterns and work.
The anarkali salwar suits have heavy embroidery, cut work, mirror work, kantha work on it. Also referred as the khathak-style dress, it has a huge flowing fabric. A good cut on the waist with an empire line bust has become a trend setter today. It gives an effect of a corset or a bodice of the early 18th century. The kameez which has kalis (pleats) which are painstakingly jointed by good tailors. The craftsmen ensure that the fall runs till the ankles. The rich use of borders make the outfit look regal and grand. A good quality anarkali salwar suit is expensive. It can be made in cotton, crepe, satin, chiffon and georgette. The ‘get up’ of the outfit is in the layers of the kameez. Since it is ankle length the salwar is hardly seen below. Nevertheless it is equally important part of the garment! Wear it and watch those eyes twinkle.