gharara (Hindi: ग़रारा, Urdu: غرارہ) is a traditional Lucknowi garment,[1] traditionally worn by North Indian muslim women in the Subcontinent.[2] It consists of a kurti (a short, mid-thigh length tunic), a dupatta (veil), and most importantly, a pair of wide-legged pants, ruched at the knee so they flare out dramatically. The knee area, called the goat in Hindi and Urdu, is often elaborately embroidered in zari and zardozi work. Each leg of a traditional gharara is made from over 12 metres of fabric,[3] often silk brocade (see Farshi Pajama). – Wikipedia

Nana bought Z a gorgeous pale salmon pink gharara. I forgot about it so when I stumbled upon it, I was v.excited to have her wear it. She outgrows things slowly, but I still couldn’t bear the thought of her not fitting in it and only getting a few wears out of it.

Z wore this to a friend’s wedding and another event and impressed me by how well she wore it. They are hard to pass off as they tend to be long and easy to trip over. However, she worked it!

love the gharara silhouette

got her to sit still with animal crackers. Love the hairclips. Also from Nana!

here are the baggy leggs with tiny foot peeping out!

even the shirt had ‘kaam’/work on it!

Realized the plates are from Nana too!!! Love how silvery and shiny they are. Crackers were a perfect dry snack right before the wedding.

So she was pretty mobile as mentioned. This is her toy cupboard next to the stove where I cook (I don’t cook daily!!)

1 of my favorites! She started to ride around on her little car – impressive indeed. I wore a gharara on my wedding and valima and they are tricky to maneuver! Here’s to more days of ghararas!

Dress from Behbud – Pakistani Boutique that empowers women!

“Indeed, God will admit those who believe and do righteous deeds to gardens beneath which rivers flow. They will be adorned therein with bracelets of gold and pearl, and their garments therein will be silk.” (Quran 22:23).


  1. So I finally got to see this little lady wear her gharara! Mashallah just the thing you would have done after being all dressed before a wedding! Ride your little car!!

  2. oh Reem! I Love this baby! May she protected from all harm and be a source of joy and blessings, for you and herself always, ameen. Loved these pictures

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