Lehenga is a popular traditional wedding dress for brides in Indian Subcontinent. Asian people from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh residing abroad in regions like US, UK, Europe, Middle East etc. also prefer traditional dresses for wedding functions. So there is demand for Bridal Lehengas inside India as well as from abroad. India is the largest producer of Bridal Lehengas in the world. In countries like US, UK, Europe brands/resellers import major portion of wedding lehengas from India and small portion from other asian countries.
Types of Wedding Lehenga Making
Coming to India there are few cities which are specialised in making different types of Bridal Lehengas. Broadly Wedding Lehengas can be divided into 3 categories based on kind of work – Embroidered Lehenga, Printed Lehenga and Lehenga made with weaved fabric. Embroidered Lehengas can further be divided into 3 categories – Embroidery done with Automatic Computerised Machines, Manual Machine and Handmade. Computerised embroidery finishes in hours, Manual Embroidery finishes in days and Hand Embroidery takes months to finish single piece of Lehenga. Hand Embroidered lehengas are of most premium quality and are priced between 1 lac to 8 lacs for single Bridal Lehenga Set. There are popular designers like Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra who have used hand embroidery in luxurious style. Bollywood celebrities like wore these artistic garments in their wedding. Pictures of Big Fat Weddings in India get viral with bride posing in Exclusive Luxurious Lehengas designed by prominent designers of India. Such Lehengas take 5-6 months in making and may cost above INR 40 Lac.
Where India’s Most Handmade Lehengas are made?
Very few people know this fact that artisans in and around Kolkata region have mastered the art of Hand Zardosi which is used to make majority of Luxurious Handmade Lehengas of India, which are sourced by different brands in many cities. Majority of people identify wedding lehenga with place name (like Chandan Chowk) or shop names. One would find it a very surprising fact but all famous Bridal Lehenga Shops/Showrooms whether they are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Jaipur, Indore or any major city knows that best handmade wedding lehengas are created in Kolkata. There are thousands of trained Karigar’s around Kolkata who have learnt this art from generations. It is not a coincidence that India’s most searched designer on Google is from Kolkata.