June 29, 2016

A Love Story Wedding Lehenga Embroidered by the Bride Herself

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A very talented and creative bride in India decided to make her own wedding lehenga by hand. For those who are unfamiliar with the term “wedding lehenga,” according to Wikipedia a “Lehenga or lehnga or Ghagra in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Kashmiri or Pavadai in Tamil, Lacha in Malayalam or Langa in Telugu and Kannada is a form of Indian subcontinent skirt which is long, embroidered and pleated. It is worn as the bottom portion of a Gagra choli or Langa Voni. It is secured at the waist and leaves the lower back and midriff bare. In India and Pakistan various types of traditional embroidery work are done on lehenga, with Gota patti embroidery being one of popular types for the festivals and weddings.”

Kresha Bajaj, a fashion designer from Mumbai, India, had always wanted to design her own wedding attire. She finally got her opportunity for her wedding that was to Vanraj Zaver and scheduled for February 28, 2016 at The Leela Palace in Udaipur, India.

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Bajaj has her own design house in India called Koëcsh. Originally, she did not want anything about her wedding to be traditional, but her husband-to-be, Vanraj Zaver, is quite traditional and made it clear that he wanted a traditional-style wedding.

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After deciding that a traditional lehenga was not going to suffice, Bajaj decided to create her own. She wanted this lehenga to be something different and special. This is what led her to create a lehenga that would depict the love story of her groom, Zaver, and herself.

“I knew that this lehenga was going to be white and gold but I wanted it to have my signature designs whilst still being traditional,” the bride wrote in a blog post.

However, as she thought about the lehenga, Bajaj kept thinking about how she was never going to wear the garment again, and it would just end up sitting in the darkness of her closet.

Inspiration struck one night as Bajaj was watching an episode of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” “I saw Adrienne Maloof’s framed wedding dress and decided I wanted to frame my wedding lehenga,” the bride told Huffington Post. “I thought it was a cool idea. Vanraj loves art, and I don’t because I get bored of looking at the same thing on my wall,” she says. “But I didn’t want to get sick of looking at my wedding outfit. The nicest thing we’d never get bored of looking at was our love story. And that’s what I decided to put into my lehenga.”

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“Initially, it was a bit worrying because we didn’t want it to come out comical,” said Bajaj to Huffington Post.

The bride wrote on her blog, “After studying and understanding traditional materials and embroidery techniques with my amazing group of Koecshers, I started creating my lehenga a kali at a time. First, the entire embroidery was hand drawn. Then, our names were hand sewn with beautiful zari, which was hidden into the embroidery of the fabric, forming a delicate optical illusion. Each of the kalis had intricate frames, in which I had all the important moments of our life showcased – our dating milestones, the proposal and finally our love story. The bottom of my lehenga and dupatta was finished with a hem of jumping dolphins, which was how our story began, as we worked on a protest against cetacean captivity together. The process of trying to create this took days and nights, weeks went into months and yet all I wanted to do was sit and work with the karigars to see my imagination come to life.”

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Below is an up close image of the names of the bride and groom elegantly embroidered into the elaborate lehenga.

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“The image of two people clinking their glasses is inspired by Vanraj’s first Instagram post after proposing to me in the Maldives,” reveals Bajaj. “We had just popped a bottle of champagne, and he clicked a picture of me with the glass of champagne and the ring.”

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While the bride was working on this labor of love she had no idea that it would spur a fashion craze in places like Australia and London for other brides-to-be. This new-found popularity has given Bajaj another stream of revenue for her design line. She now creates one-of-a-kind lehengas for other brides around the world.

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