The lehenga, lehnga or langa, (also known as Ghagra or gagra, Chaniya, Pavadai and Lacha) is a form of full ankle-length skirt worn by women[1][2] of India. It has long been part of Hindu tradition and was believed to awaken the spiritual chakras of the body. It is secured at the waist and leaves the lower back and midriff bare. Different patterns and styles of traditional embroidery work are used to decorate the lehenga around the Indian subcontinent. Gota patti embroidery is often used for festivals and weddings. The now outdated, Ghagra-choli, used to be worn by girls. Nowadays, in Gujarat and Rajasthan, young girls and women still wear lehenga. It is the traditional dress of women belonging to the Bettiah Christian community of Champaran and is also worn by Marwari women.[3] Lehenga is considered to be an appropriate garment according to Hindu culture and is also considered a sattvik garment at the spiritual level. Lehenga is worn as the lower portion of a Gagra choli or Langa Voni.

Indian actress Anjana Sukhani showcases a bridal lehenga with Gota patti embroidery, which is used extensively in weddings across Indian Subcontinent.


The Ghagri is a narrow skirt six feet long, the same length as original antariya. This style can still be seen worn by Jain nuns in India.


A-Line lehenga has A-line hem. As per name its suggests resembling letter 'A', which is tighter on the waist and flares out at the bottom.


Flared, also known as Circular, is kind of lehenga made with a round skirt pattern and can involve pleats or layers for volume.

Double flaredEdit

Double flared lehenga is as a multi-layered can-can skirt which has a dramatic flare and volume.


Mermaid, also known as Fishtail, Trumpet lehenga looks like fishtail; which is fitted from the waist to the knees and flared from the calves.


Panelled lehenga has several horizontal panels of fabrics stitched together to create the flare of the lehenga, resulting in a more full skirt. These panels can be of same or varying sizes or shapes.


Sharara, also known as Pavadai, Langa Davani, Langa Voni, and sometimes half saree, is a composed of palazzos or large, voluminous pants. Traditionally in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, it is also known as Langa and part of another traditional dress Langa voni. This is typically worn in South India with dupatta wrapped around the waist and draped on the shoulder like saree.


This kind of lehenga have straight silhouette without any space for its pleats or gathers for fullness. Instead, a side slit is sometimes provided for easy movement; it is suitable for occasional wear.


Trail lehenga involves an extra portion of fabric in the back, creating a train.


  1. ^ "lehnga". OxfordDictionaries.com. Oxford University Press. 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  2. ^ Fashions from India - Tom Tierney
  3. ^ John, Jose Kalapura (2000). Proceedings of the Indian History Congress, Vol. 61. Indian History Congress. p. 1018.