Indian Fashion- A vibrant appeal

January 24, 2013 12:19 pm 1 comment

Saree And JewelleryFashion has different meaning for different people. However, the word fashion implies a popular trend especially in dress, or rather the production and marketing of new styles. Fashion includes in it not only clothing but also other accessories are a part of fashion too.

“Fashion” refers to a distinctive way of dress worn by people, of the prevailing style of an era. India has a rich culture and tradition which is reflected in the clothing as well. Indian fashion has seen a metamorphosis since the ancient days. Although, the basics of Indian clothing are the same, we can find a lot of western influences and modern designs that has been incorporated into the basic structure of any Indian outfit. In ancient times, people of Persia, Turkey, and India frequently made the changes necessary in fashion.

It may be surprising, but garments were not stitched together during the ancient days in India. Cotton clothing was predominantly used in India during the olden days. This was as early as the Harappan civilization. During the Aryan period, women started wearing the Sari this is a long piece of cloth that can be wrapped in different ways over the body. Saris were also made of silk apart from the regular cotton ones. Saris were generally having the length of five yards or even nine yards, at times. The sari was draped as a skirt with the upper half thrown above the shoulder and sometimes worn over the head as a kind of a veil. The sari was even tucked between the legs to form a pattern of a pant. Even today, the traditional way of wearing a sari is still followed sometimes with some modifications, which would depend upon the latest trends. The trends are still being used today, albeit in a modified way.

Fashion is not only about clothing accessories also play a major role in the way a person looks. Gold was popular since the ancient days in India. Gold, as a metal, has the power to purify anything that it comes in its contact been an ancient belief, which is still prevalent in Indian minds. Gold was used since the days of the ancient Mohenjodaro and Harappa civilizations. Apart from such ornamental decorations, one also saw the use of flowers worn in the hair and eye makeup that always included kajal for the eyes. Ancient Indian fashion could never be complete without these elements. The components of fashion remain the same in present India.

Present India can be divided in eras when it comes to fashion. The ancient civilizations were a fashion age in itself. The eras can be divided from as 30s, 40s, and so on. The 30’s saw the influence of communism Christian Dior influenced the 40s. The 50s had the revolution spirit with khadi garments dominating the era. The 60s reflected the passions of the times, 70s was ruled by bold colors, and floral prints it was an era were self-expression found a form. The 80s saw self-consciousness and American designers like Calvin Klein became a household name the 90’s saw the revival of traditional forms of art and crafts. At the present decade, a lot of tribal influence can be seen in the clothing of the people. The trend of tribal fashion is hotting up now. From motifs used by Naga tribes in their shawls to the much loved animal prints of African tribe designers are transposing a variety of symbols and elements from traditional tribal art in their ready to wear lines. So bright evening dresses are being detailed with the tribal embellishments like feathers and beadwork while animal prints are back being trendy. Asymmetrical tops and kurtis embellished with vibrant tribal embroidery are the rule of the day.

Tribal pattern borrows patterns and ides from cultures across the world and subtly works them on western silhouettes. This infusion makes them stand out in the crowd. The USP of this trend is that it not only helps us connect with nature but also sounds the return of fun patterns and geometric shapes in a big way.

Since tribal fashion is marked by vibrant hues and motifs. The inspiration came from the traditional red and black naga shawls and artistic embroidery and mirror work of Rabari tribes of kutch. The tribal jewellery designs as detailing on the garments and motifs of tribal wall décor as appliqués are also used. Present India designers are using the tribal designs all over the world and it is gaining a lot of popularity. The distinctive way of dressing is fashion for an individual but prevailing styles of an era dominate how a person dresses. The rich cultural background of India is well reflected in the fashion of today and the trends are fast changing. Fashion is never stagnant change is the spice in fashion and India is very well a part of it.

1 Comment

  • Ahaana Sharma

    Very well written. Saree is one garment that is the pride of our country. Thanks for sharing this post.

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