Your Ultimate Guide to Lehenga Fabrics : Velvet, Raw Silk, Banarasi, Georgette and Net 

Lehengas are one of the most gorgeous attires out there for women and an extremely popular fit for special occasions!  A traditional outfit, Lehenga mainly consists of three pieces - a choli (the blouse), the skirt and the dupatta available in different colors, prints, designs, and an array of fabrics. One can pull it off in a brilliant way on every special occasion - From a big fat Indian wedding to an intimate celebration. 

So if one is opting to take the custom made route for the next Lehenga, we are here to acquaint you and brush up your knowledge of  fabrics - so that you can ace that upcoming celebration with utmost grace and style! 


A velvet fabric has a lustrous texture that gives it a rich and royal look. When fabricated in a Lehenga piece, the fluid fabric gets a dazzling flare with graceful soft pleats. Velvet will be your perfect partner for a winter wedding or an outdoor event with minimal to intricate embroidery work. While a regular velvet is heavy to carry alternatively a lycra velvet is lightweight and much preferred these days! Deep reds, maroons, beige, shades of blue and green are the most widely available color options in this fabric. An attire in Velvet, when done right, gives a royal charm and makes for a perfect tasteful choice.  

From WeaverStory’s Lehenga Collection 


An exquisite ensemble for the modern discerning woman, this onion pink color velvet blouse and kalidar skirt is gorgeous looking in every way! Our latest collection - The Velvet - Makhmal takes inspiration from the Mughal era, and so is the charm of this Lehenga completed with a beautiful organza dupatta . The scalloped border in resham and zardozi work is a unique highlight, totally alluring in this grape colored soft velvet fabric. 


A popular choice amongst brides and women all over the world today, the Banarasi is an exquisite fabric with a natural radiance. Hailing from the city of Varanasi, it has an interesting story to its history and origin, playing a significant role in the flourishing textile and weavers industry of India. A Banarasi Lehenga gives a traditional full flared look and makes for a stunning attire, handcrafted using different weaving techniques and styles. The outfit won’t need much embroidery or intricate work as the fabric speaks for itself - with its genuine sheen and grace. The Banarasi fabric definitely bridges the gap between the modern and the traditional, and can make for a trendy look on every occasion.

From WeaverStory’s Lehenga Collection 


Alluring purple pure katan silk lehenga with banarasi brocade is a masterpiece handcrafted by fine skilled artisans. Floral motifs with classic zari jaal all over making it slightly heavier and giving it an elevated fit. Accompanied with luxurious organza dupatta and a classic silk blouse having zari embroidery on the neckline and hemline of the sleeves.

Red Handloom Pure Silk Lehenga

An eye-catching piece in vivid red color, this Banarasi Lehenga is absolutely gorgeous! Made in Pure Katan Silk, the piece is hand embroidered by weavers of Banaras with a stunning zardozi boota. Best paired along with a trendy blouses design and a classic organza dupatta .  


Black Banarasi Lehenga with Velvet  Blouse

A beautiful ensemble in black with delicate gold and silver zari, this one will be a head turner! Reflecting craftsmanship of the weavers at every fold, this enchanting piece in Fine Katan Silk is adorned with the unique Kadhwa weave. A black velvet blouses and a striking organza dupatta with zardozi work complete the look of this charming Banarasi Lehenga.

Raw Silk

For a traditional touch that’s both classy and subtle, raw silk fabric is a go to choice! Its crisp texture gives the Lehenga a stiff look and modern designs make it strikingly beautiful. The fabric is ideal for someone with a narrow built as it adds fullness to the overall attire. Raw silk also has a subtle shine of its own and is available in various hues - from classic reds, golden to vibrant pink and blue. For someone who is looking to add some glitz and glamour to their Lehenga outfit, the fabric gives a good base for heavy embellishments, shimmering designs and intricate work. One can also choose to carry a plain skirt with thick borders, a designer blouse and dupattas for a modest look. 


The most preferred and loved of them all, Georgette is a modern soft fluid fabric that looks stunning with delicate work and designs. The pliable fabric has strong quality to take the shape of one's body and hence suits well with all body types. One must be mindful to use only pure georgette material for Lehengas to avoid any wear, tear or damage. A georgette lehenga can be adorned in various ways making it super for a well fitted drape! The best part is one can play around with colors from various shades of pastels or bold hues and unique designs - keep it minimal or go all out!  


A lovely full flared out piece can be fabricated from a soft net decorated with elaborate embroidery and embellishments. Net Lehengas are very light to carry and are a preferred choice if going for a budget wear! But it's a must to go for a soft, good quality net and not a regular one, as it can make it look extremely tacky. Moreover, a Lehenga made of net fabric is not suitable for photographs all the time because of their transparent texture. But yet it can make for a glorious ensemble to adorn on a special occasion. 

Author - Aarushi Sharma