What Is The Difference Between Anarkali & Angrakha?

In the era of digital media, we’re sure that you constantly find yourself surrounded by fancy fashion terms like ‘color-blocking’, ‘silhouettes’, ‘couture’, etc.

You may also feel confused or overwhelmed by them. But why fear when a Savi blog is here to clear out all your confusion?

In this latest blog by Savi, we’ll be casting our attention on two fashion terms that are highly popular in the Indian fusion fashion world. They are ’Anarkali’ and ‘Angrakha’. What exactly are both of them? Are they the same? If they’re different, then how so?

We’ll take up all of these questions right here, right now.

Beginning with…


It is a form of Salwar Kameez which can be counted as the epitome of richness and grace. The name ‘Anarkali’ hails from the famous dancer of the same name at Mughal Emperor Akbar’s court who is also known to have wooed Prince Salim. The word ‘Anarkali’ literally means ‘blossoming pomegranate’ which may be a homage to the shape of the Anarkali silhouettes.

An Anarkali suit set tends to flow in such a way that it has a tight-fitting torso and flares expansively through the knees.

This type of women’s suit set is always available with unique necklines and comfortable fabrics. It doesn’t stop there, though. The embroideries, as well as textile techniques used on Anarkali suits, are also diverse.

One aspect of every Anarkali suit that Team Savi adores is that it adapts to every individual’s body shape and size.

Not to forget, such dressy ensembles are perfect for any special occasion that you are required to attend. More toned-down iterations of Anarkali suits are also available in the market nowadays and also on the Savi India website, of course!

Now, let’s talk about


It is a long Kurta that women used to wear with lehenga-style skirts, churidars, and Dupattas.

The Angrakha style finds its origins in Rajasthan. It came about when the state’s inhabitants wanted to wear something breathable, easy-to-wear yet presentable.

Over time, innovation has resulted in two types of Angrakha styles. One that is usually made from cotton, is knee-length and fit for wearing daily while the other style is best suited to be worn at more celebratory occasions since it's in a frock style and flares from the waistline.

While designing an Angrakha, designers seek inspiration from Nature. Hence, it wouldn’t be too unusual to see this clothing style oozing with abstract prints and eccentric motifs.

The embroidery is also serene to look at since there are so renditions of it. Mirror work, sequins, thread work. You name it, we have it.

As we near the end of this blog, we hope that you can easily distinguish between an Anarkali Kurta and Angrakha Kurta now.