Deepika Padukone’s “half-saree” avatar in Chennai Express has brought about a whole new wave of craze for the quintessential South Indian look – the pattu pavada or the langa voni as it is commonly called. With a broad zari border and colorful vonis (dupattas) paired with silk blouses she was the picture of a perfect village belle. While it was looked upon as a daily-wear piece of clothing once upon a time, it is now the sought after look for any function, party or even award functions for actresses (as we can see from all the red carpet pictures!)
Half sarees are famous in South India for family functions and festivals. They provide the elegance and sophistication associated with a saree but with a whole lot of ease and comfort! In the olden days they were the “in-between” clothing for girls who were too old to wear something without a dupatta and too young to progress to a saree. In the last couple of years though, half sarees have started making their way into the Indian fashion domain, becoming a wardrobe staple thanks to Bollywood and to the many designers who have managed to re-create this garment in so many designs. The once simple langa-voni, that was only available in simple georgette or heavy silk with traditional designs, is now available in a wide array of fabric and colors.
Difference between Half Sarees and Half and Half Sarees
Half Saree Design
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Half and Half Saree Design
Half sarees are different from the half and half sarees or the 50-50 sarees as they are commonly called. The half and half saree are also quiet in rage as they give the illusion of a half saree, with the pleats in one pattern and the rest of the saree (pallu) in another pattern.
But the traditional half saree design is a three piece garment with a langa(skirt), blouse and a voni (dupatta).
Let’s take a look of Half Sarees Collections With Different Colours
Contrasting colors, interesting embroidery, and the use of different fabrics make them interesting wears for all occasions. For functions and weddings, one can opt for designer half sarees in rich bold colors, heavy zari or mirror work, and a langa with tassels. These are similar to the North Indian version of a lehenga or a “ghagra choli” while still retaining the charm of the traditional South Indian version.
The latest fashion in Half Sarees
The monochrome trend has been one of the most popular trends in western outfits over the past year. So why not include the same in your traditional wear as well? Half saree designs need not always be in contrasting colors. As a pleasant twist to the traditional version, we have the monochromatic half sarees, with the skirt, blouse and the dupatta in the same colors like the one below. With a slight play in the shades of the same color, it looks quite pleasing to the eye and also stands out as a unique combination!
Depending on the color of your half-saree and the kind of blouse that goes with it, jewelry can be kept to a minimal or a single statement piece like a statement necklace design or a maang tikka. As with any clothing it is important to make sure that the jewelry complements the outfit and doesn’t make it look too ‘busy’.
With designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi embracing this trend like never before and showcasing their designs at the Fashion weeks, there has been a tremendous urban interest in the half sarees.
With the half saree capturing hearts everywhere – right from the village belle in South India to Bollywood celebrities to International red carpets, it is definitely here to stay and should be considered as a must have in every woman’s wardrobe!