Presenting our beautiful bride Manika! We received so much love after posting her bridal portraits on our social media. This lehenga was definitely a gem from our bridal collection and Manika definitely styled it well! We absolutely loved her look!
Let's talk a bit about Manika's wedding piece. After receiving so many inquires about her lehenga, we decided to create a color palette of the colors her lehenga contains for any future brides that might want to use! Manika's lehenga features 100% handwork with multiple embroidery materials focusing mainly on stone and zari/zardozi work. Her lehenga is embellished with various sized of white and rainbow colored stones. Along with stones, a variety of sequence and bead/pearl work is used around the floral designing. Just imagine how much this beauty probably glitters!
When working with pastel tones, net lined with satin lining works best as the base fabric. Satin is silky, shiny and a soft fabric that reflects light colors really well. Not only, satin beautifully drapes and is wrinkle-resistant, enhancing the "fall"/flare of the lehenga. Although this fabric is durable, it is really difficult to work with, specially with Indian embroideries due to their weight and intricacy. Therefore, satin is usually over layered with a net layer which holds the embroidery. Since net is a textile in which the yarns are fused, lopped or knotted at their intersection resulting in open spaces, the satin lining must be of high quality and dyed really well as it will peak through the spacing of net and will be the true color enhancer of the entire piece. Because her lehenga uses both weightless base fabrics (satin and net), giving it volume is necessary and key in order to "stand" the heavy stone work. To do so, the lehenga is outlined with a tough layer of cancan underneath and multiple underlaying net layers to give it some weight. In addition, her lehenga was approximately 7 to 8 meters in flare with wide width kali's - the bigger the flare, the more volume!