Types of Anarkali Patterns

Anarkali suits are one of the most popular Indian dresses.  Anarkali Suits… the most stylish and most wear outfit in India. This representative Indian wear is famous because of its easy to wear nature and a fine designs and creativity. It can be worn on various occasions like marriage functions, parties and work places. They are usually worn with gathering pants or churidhars. Churidar of Anarkali is made from the comfortable fabrics like cotton, Lycra etc. There are different patterns of Anarkali depending on engrave and design. Usually stitched with thin materials like georgettes, silks, chiffons, tissues etc they look elegant and stunning. For stitching an Anarkali top, we need two fabrics, a main fabric and a lining fabric. The lining fabric should be the same colour as the main fabric.

Here I’m going to explain about 5 types of Anarkali & take the pleasure to make things easier by giving suitable guidance to select the right kind of Anarkali top for different occasion. Designer Anarkali has innovated a new epoch in the fashion industry creating passion among people from all tread of life. I recommend selecting Anarkali according to your body type. Generally there are five categories of body type, which hourglass, apple or oval, rectangle, inverted triangle and pear.

1.Circular Anarkali:

Circular Anarkali designing

This type of Anarkali suit has a full flare umbrella cut pattern and therefore has a nice appearance. Circular Anarkali made with two parts, which is bodice and circular skirt. It can be worn with gathering Salwar and leggings. This Anarkali suit is usually stitched with thin fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, silk & cotton with proper lining. This is usually having tight of fit bodice and a flare skirt starts from waist line or high waist line as per your wish.

2.Anarkali with Straight Panels:

Anarkali with straignt Panels

This type of Anarkali has straight panels of its full length. The number of panels may vary… but that panel lines give great look for Anarkali. These types of Anarkali outlines are same as A line Anarkali. This is usually having fit body upto waist line or low waist line from shoulder and the remaining till hemline having flare look with panels. This Anarkali suit stitched with thin fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, net, tissue & cotton with suitable lining.

3.Half Panel Anarkali:

Half / cut Panel Anarkali

Half panel Anarkali is mixed pattern of Circular Anarkali’s bodice part and Panel Anarkali’s skirt part. Here I add that the bodice with princess seam. These types of Anarkali top having fit bodice and flare skirt part with panels. This Anarkali suit stitched with thin fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, net, tissue & cotton with proper lining.

4. Anarkali with Horizontal panel or Tiered skirt part:

Anarkali with Horizontal panel design                                                 

Horizontal panel Anarkali is also having 2 parts, which bodice and tiered skirt.  This type of Anarkali made with Horizontal panels of associated blend colors & patterns. Usually 3 to 5 tires used to make this Horizontal panel Anarkali. To enhance it looks should attach lace at the tiere joints. This Anarkali suit stitched with thin fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, net, tissue & cotton with suitable lining.

Layered Anarkali:

Layered Anarkali sketch

This type of Anarkali suit usually having 2 layers. Layers with different length, which are stitched as skirt part. The layers can be of the same color with hemline borders or of different but related colours. Layered Anarkali gives elegant look for women who wear it. This Anarkali suit stitched with thin fabrics like chiffon, Georgette, net & tissue with suitable lining.

 Next we are going to give a look for our body shape and which Anarkali that suits to our body shape… but in our next article, because of insufficient space…

Click HERE to know about body shapes.

25 thoughts on “Types of Anarkali Patterns”

  1. Many more thanks Ezhil for sharing the different patterns of Anarkali , can u pls share the Anarkali with Straight Panels ( multi panels) ,Layered Anarkali , Anarkali with Horizontal panel patterns . iam always confused to cut muti-panel patterns where the extension part will start either in the waist line or in the hip line . can u pls clear it pa ? Thanks Ezhil

    Hav a gud day 🙂

    1. OMG.. I missed that.. Thanks to remind dear… That’s triangle panel anarkali… Could u plz.. Share any image of that u mentioned.. I’ll publish tutorials one by one… 🙂

  2. Hi Keerthi thank you very much for your wonderful n easy to understand tutorial for each garment. I was searching for a tailoring class and now learning each and everything from your blog. Thank you once again. Wishes n prayers to keep up this good work.

  3. I always liked the flare part(of my frock type anarkali) to be very big and i preferred 5 metres. Today i took 5 metres of cloth to my tailor and he says he cant make a kali pattern because there are flowers on it and the kalis cut them off. I asked him to make a double umbarella. He says we cant make it too.

    Can u please explain to me if there are any restrictions to make a double umbarella with a particular cloth? It has enough panna too. Please help.. I want to use all the 5 metres..

    1. Some printed patterns are critical to make a kali pattern…
      double umbrella need more than 5 mtrs… i think thats why tailors says cant…

  4. Astrologer geeta

    May avi sewing sikh rahi hu.mujhe avi anarkali sikha ja raha he.top or bittom jo double color ke anarkali he uski cutting kease karte he plz bataye

  5. kirti nitllikar

    hello keerthi
    I just love ur tutorials thank uuuuuuuuu so much
    I learnt lots of things from this

    mrs kirti

    1. Hi… Kirti… i’m so happy to know ur feedback.. that u learnt from here… Keep following and enjoy ur sewing

  6. Hello, I would like to ask you if you could make a tutorial on how to make a simple dress a bit heavier. What I mean is I bought like a replica 1Kg dress (so a light one) which is a replica of a heavy dress, and I wanted to make it heavy not in the borders, but the skirt part itself. So like adding some padding in the inside with some fabric like net or similar so that the skirt looks “fluffy” or “fuller”.

    Sorry if my post is confusing, but I didn’t know how to explain myself. Hope you understood wat I meant.


  7. Sangeetha sivabalan

    Hello keerthi,
    I got to know very useful info from you. Thanks a lot
    I need to know what is the difference between anarkali full and umbrella anarkali.
    Sangeetha sivabalan

    1. Hi.. Sangeetha… I think it is full and half anarkali.. umbrella is half circular anarkali.. and the full mentioned for circular anarkali..

  8. Hai dear ..
    Iam a person who eagerly want to try new but little confused in fabrics
    Can u please suggest me..
    I want to desing long dress with jacket .. for long dress i bring a cloth like satin not that much nice cloth
    For jacket i bring banaras . Now tell me what to do .. how to design this. For .long dress which cutting is best i.e.. anarkali or long pannel or umbrella cuting

  9. Smita Satapathy

    Nice writeup….. Could you also please mention the meters of cloth required for stitching each type of anarkali.

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