Sunday, March 13, 2016

Half Saree (Langa voni)

Half saree, aka Langa Voni (in Telugu), is a traditional south Indian outfit typically worn by teenage girls. It's called a 'half' saree cuz it's, well, just half a saree :) It's synonymous with a Lehenga Choli or Chaniya Choli from north India.

Young girls would wear half-sarees and gradually as they grow, transition to wearing sarees. I remember wearing my first half-saree when I was 12 years old. It was such a big deal for me, getting a 'semi-grown-up' feeling for the first time.

The trend sorta faded away, taken over by really grand n expensive salwars, but they are back with a bang! They're not just for young girls anymore. This fashion trend has boomed so overwhelmingly that they're almost as popular as sarees. And it's not just exclusive to south India anymore, girls n women all over the country are wearing them. And wearing them with style!

I'm gonna use this post to showcase a few trends that I like and also show off my collection ;)

I designed this one by myself, yep!!! I do that too, sometimes! I had a beautiful orange blouse with intricate zari work that came with a white saree. I wore the saree a couple of times and was done with it. So I wanted to re-use the blouse and this was a great way to do it. I got a contrast cream net langa (skirt) and cream satin lining. For the border I chose orange raw silk fabric and added gold thread border on it to make it stand out. I decided to keep the voni simple, georgette fabric with matching gold thread border that is on the langa. And this is the end result. Simple, two-tone langa voni.

Here is another one, store bought, but modified per my choice. It was my cousin's wedding and I bought this one for his reception. I just LOOOVEEE yellow, anything in yellow!! It did not take me long to decide I wanted to buy it. I really like the contrasting colors - Yellow langa and a bright pink blouse. The voni that came with it was a georgette pink one so I decided to swap it with blue net. More colors, more contrast, much better....was my mantra for this one :) My husband thinks it's a lil flashy, but, em well, that doesn't stop me from wearing it and enjoying all the attention I get. LOL.

Here's a super cool one. Trendy to the core with basic black n white colors. The blouse is what stands out, gorgeous of the outfit. The boat neck blouse accentuates the print even more. And keeping everything else simple was a good choice.

Floral prints are in!! Here's a few with different variations.

I'll keep adding on to this post as I find more interesting ones. Stay tuned!

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