Anarkali is a dedication from fashion industry towards one of the dance forms of the ancient India. The dance called mujra was famed during the time of Mughal rule. Legendary dancers at the fortress of the Mughal kings danced for the kings' amusement. So, the dresses worn by the dancers were known as mujra dresses which slowly came to be known as Anarkali dresses or Anarkali salwar kameez in the commemoration of the great dancers.
More than the dance, it is a tribute to the famous courtesan and dancer, Anarkali, Prince Salim's Lover. Her dresses were extravagant and embroidered with the best embellishments of the time. Pristine pearls, original zari and zardosi work, semiprecious stones and much more found a special place on her Anarkalis. The dress was stitched so that it enabled her to twirl and dance easily and beautifully at the King's Courts.
Anarkali dress has an emperor waistline which tightens just below the bust line and flows into a voluminous skirt. It looks gorgeous on women of any age group. It is designed to make a woman look curvaceous and glamorous. Available in many materials right from royal georgette and raw silk to simple cotton, Anarkali is one dress that is a must have in everyone's wardrobes among many salwars.
Worn with a matching or a contrast dupatta, Anarkali is often paired with a churidar or leggings as per the choice of the wearer. It makes the lady look slimmer and hides any extra muscle that may be present. Best for plus size women as you are bound to look slim and smart in this beautiful Anarkali Dress.