Ghararas & Shararas

The Gharara was a popular dress worn by the Begums of Awadh. The Farshi Gharara was inspired by the flowing gowns worn by British women in early colonial India. It is a divided skirt, tight from the thighs, flowing out into a flare as it touches the floor. Traditionally, the Farshi uses large volumes of fabric. The knee joint is usually highlighted with a highly embellished border, usually using zardozi. House of Kotwara takes this royal silhouette to the height of opulence using embellished velvets and brocades sometimes juxtaposed with colourful silk Tukdi borders most suitable for a bride wanting to make a statement. The Farshi is also adapted into a more playful silhouette using silk georgettes and nets with chikan, aari and zardozi embroideries highlighted with Kaamdani and Mukkaish.
A ‘sharara’ is a divided skirt cut on a bias, fitted at the waist with a full flare sweeping the floor. Traditionally, it may have evolved as a hybrid between a loose fitting pajamas and a ‘gharara’ without a joint at the knee. At House of Kotwara, the Sharara is worn with Kurtis, Corsets Jackets. It is a popular ensemble a wedding celebration.