The Sharara Soiree
by Muzaffar Ali
A delightful addition to bridal sartorial spread is the Sharara – an ethnic silhouette
with an appeal and elegance that’s uniquely Awadhi. The romance of the Mughal era
can best be expressed by shunning the traditional lehenga and opting instead for
the sharara. Of Persian origin, the sharara entered the old Awadhi-Muslim tradition
as everyday attire in Mughal times, later transcending into something that was worn
on traditional occasions.
Shararas are wide-legged pants fitted till the mid-thigh, ruched, and then flaring
into a voluminous skirt. Topped with a long kurta, the sharara was originally adorned
with traditional chikankari and delicately alternated with gold zardozi mesh. The
kurtis are usually kept simple with heavy embroideries at the ruched panels, and
paired with a heavy dupatta.
Contemporary strokes can be added to the attire by lowering the backs of the kurtis
and innovative constructions to give a glimpse into the Awadhi Nazakat of the era
gone by. Try the antique gota trims at the hemlines to add a touch of rich textural
detail. It is a perfect bridal attire to hark back to the nostalgic impressions
of the old world grandeur that existed during the Mughal rule.
Fashion designer, film-maker, poet, artist, revivalist, and social-worker –
the epithets for the multi-talented Muzaffar Ali are unending. Ali’s designs
incorporate his love for Indian culture and history.
Muzaffar can further be reached at
or through www.muzaffarali.com