Indian Clothing- Vibrant Appeal

January 23, 2013 7:16 am 1 comment

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KhadiIndia is a land of colors and the vivacious appeal of colors can be seen in the traditional Indian dresses. India was the home for one of the ancient civilizations of the world, the country has been influenced by various cultures, and the influence can be seen in the clothing of the land. The country is a home for various cultures and tribes, each tribe has an exclusive style of dressing, and the dresses are region specific. The beauty of this country lies in its majestic offering of each shades of nature in its magnificent form.

India has seen a drastic transformation with age. The development has brought a change in the lifestyle of the people and the change can be well seen in the clothing of the youngsters. However, the western influence can be seen but the traditional dresses have a special place in the life of an Indian. Traditional Indian clothing has come into prominence in the world fashion too. The creative fashion designers of today are in a lookout for ethnic designs that take us close to our cultural roots and remind us of the glorious past.

The basic traditional Indian ethnic wears are Dhoti, Sari, Kurta, Salwar Kameez, Turban, and Sherwani. Dhoti kurta is the traditional Indian clothing of men. Unlike other dresses, it is an unstitched piece of cloth usually 5 yards long that is tied around the waist and legs. The knot is tied at the waist. Dhoti is known by different names at different places such as Laacha in Punjabi, dhuti in Bangla.  Kurta is a term used to refer to a long loose shirt, the length of which falls below or may be just above the knees of the wearer. In the olden times, men wore it primarily but, today, it has become a unisex dress, both men and women wear it.  Salwar kameez is the traditional Indian clothing for women. Due to its high popularity in the region of Punjab, shalwar kameez is referred to as Punjabi suit also. The fashion of Shalwar Kameez in India is not new. Since the past many few centuries, women have been wearing this wonderful attire.

Sari is one of the most wonderful dresses worn by Indian women. The word ‘sari’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘sati’, which means strip of cloth. In fact, when one thinks of a typical Indian woman, the first thing that strikes the mind is a woman clad in sari. Sari is wrapped differently in different regions. Sherwani is a long coat resembling achkan in styling. It is buttoned up to the collar and lengthwise it is usually below the knee. Turban has a very special place in the life of and one can spot many men wearing turban. Well, turban is tied not for the sake of fashion, but because it has a lot of significance in the lives of Indians. The hair turban is a headdress that consists of a long piece of unstitched cloth, which is wrapped around the head. Apart from the basic clothing every region and tribe has a traditional dress of their own. The dresses are very colorful and attractive and are a major attraction during festivals. The multi-lingual, multi-ethnic society and culture is observed in the colourful tribal lifestyles. This cultural diversity and the coexistence of all the five major racial types Australoid, Mongoloid, Europoid, Caucasian and Negroid is the uniqueness of the land.

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