Anarkali Salwar Suit

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Indian actress Priyanka Chopra modeling an Anarkali suit.

Anarkali Shalwar suit is a form of women's dress originating from the Indian subcontinent. The Anarkali suit is made up of a long, frock-style top and features a slim fitted bottom. The Anarkali suit varies in many different lengths and embroideries including floor-length Anarkali styles.

Anarkali suits owe their name to the fictional Anarkali, a courtesan in the court of Mughal emperor Akbar. In legend, she was murdered for her illicit relationship with the Crown Prince Salim, who later become the Emperor Jahangir.[1]

The word Anarkali literally means the ‘delicate bud of the pomegranate flower/ tree’. This name signifies the qualities of softness, vulnerability, innocence, and beauty associated with the women who wore Anarkalis.

Types of Anarkali Suits[edit]

The following are some of the different types of Anarkali Suits.[2]

  • Floor-Length Anarkali Suit
  • Pakistani Anarkali Suit
  • Cape Style Anarkali Suit
  • Jacket Style Anarkali Suit
  • Layered Anarkali Suit
  • Gown Style Anarkali Suit
  • Palazzo Anarkali Suit
  • Churidar Anarkali Suit

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