Yellow and Blue Silk Anarkali with Gold Border

Discover the Beauty of Anarkalis and Designer Indian Dresses

Do you remember that scene in ‘Bajirao Mastani’ where Deepika Padukone totally owned the dance floor as Mastani in her Anarkali?

Let’s all agree, she was absolute magic! And you can't deny, half of her enchantment came from that stunning, drop-dead gorgeous Anarkali!

So, let’s talk about Anarkalis - the beautiful Indian ethnic wear that can transform you into a goddess with its timeless elegance.

What is an Anarkali?

First things first, let’s properly define what anarkalis are.

An anarkali suit is a type of salwar kameez, consisting of a long, flowing kurta paired with churidar pants. But what sets anarkalis apart is that gorgeous flared silhouette.

Grey and Silver Color Dress with Mirror Work

It's all about those layers of fabric that flare out from the waist down, giving you that princess-like vibe. And with this silhouette, anarkalis are also often categorized as Indian dresses or gowns.

Traditionally, anarkalis are very ornate with embellishments, featuring intricate embroidery, dazzling sequins, and lavish beadwork. All these elements give anarkalis a touch of opulence to their already stunning design.

History of Anarkalis

As with everything Indian, anarkalis also have a long history. In fact, you can trace its origins back to the Mughal era.

According to the legends, Anarkali suits derive their name from Anarkali, a courtesan who lived during the reign of Emperor Akbar in the 16th century in India.

She was believed to be a dancer of extraordinary beauty and grace, capturing the hearts of many. The long list of her admirers includes the crown prince, Prince Salim, who later became Emperor Jahangir.


Folklore has it that Anarkali's forbidden love affair with Prince Salim led to tragic consequences. The emperor, disapproving of their relationship, allegedly ordered Anarkali to be buried alive within the walls of Lahore Fort, where she met her untimely demise. While the historical accuracy of this tale is debated, it has endured through generations, immortalizing Anarkali as a symbol of love and defiance.

Back in those days, traditional anarkali outfits found favor among kathak dancers and courtesans.

Fast forward through the decades, and these outfits are still stealing the show in Indian fashion.

They've kept up with the times too – always evolving with new cuts, patterns, and bling. Anarkalis aren't stuck in the past – they're all about mixing it up with modern flair, thanks to designers constantly throwing in fresh twists.

Where to wear Anarkalis

As evident, Anarkalis has a certain level of allure that is best suited for celebratory events. So, your designer anarkali suits will be a great choice for weddings and parties.

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Well, that being said, today, many new variations of anarkalis are more subtle in color and design, such as this green simple anarkali dress from Muvva’s Boutique. So, if you opt for lighter fabrics and simpler designs, you could still put together a totally comfortable yet stylish look for casual outings.

Where to buy Anarkalis Online in the US?

If you are searching for anarkalis online USA stores, look no further than Muvva’s Boutique. This boutique has a stellar collection of Indian ethnic wear, featuring everything from party wear anarkalis to trendy kurtas and stunning lehengas.

You will also be able to get your favorite Anarkali dresses USA delivered right to your doorstep, no matter where you are in the country. You can even customize the designs to suit your style. With Muvva’s Boutique, it's all about convenience and style rolled into one!

So, whether you're channeling your inner Mastani in an anarkali or just looking to slay with a saree at your next event, Muvva’s Boutique has got your back.

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