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So today as promised I will be sharing with you all……….the Indian clothing. Excited?(me hoping that you are). So without wasting any time let’s get started.
Clothing in India varies depending on the different ethnicity, geography, climate and cultural traditions of the people of each region of India.
India’s recorded history of clothing goes back to the 5th millennium BC in the Indus Valley Civilization where cotton was spun, woven and dyed. Bone needles and wooden spindles have been unearthed in excavations at the site. The cotton industry in ancient India was well developed, and several of the methods survive until today.
So the type of Indian clothes worn by women are…
A saree or sari is a female garment in the Indian subcontinent. A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine meters in length, that is draped over the body in various styles. These include: Sambalpuri Saree from East, Mysore silk and Ilkal of Karnataka and, Kanchipuram of Tamil Nadu from South, Paithani from West and Banarasi from North among others.
this is how a normal sari/saree is worn
this is how a sambalpuri sari looks like
The Salwar Kameez is the traditional wear of women in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh(states of India) and is called the Punjabi suit which is most common in the northwestern part of India. But nowadays it is worn by girls from any state.
Churidaar is a variation on the salwar, loose above the knees and tightly fitted to the calf below. While the salwar is baggy and caught in at the ankle, the churidar fits below the knees with horizontal gathers near the ankles.
The anarkali suit is made up of a long, frock-style top and features a slim fitted bottom.The anarkali is an extremely desirable style that is adorned by women located in Northern India.
Lehenga Choli (skirt and blouse)
A Ghagra Choli or a Lehenga Choli is the traditional clothing of women in Rajasthan and Gujrat. Punjabis also wear them and they are used in some of their folk dances. It is a combination of lehenga, a tight choli and an odhani.
Pattu Pavadai/Reshme Langa
Pattu Pavadai or Langa davani is a traditional dress in south India and Rajasthan, usually worn by teenage and small girls.
Mekhela Sador is the traditional Assamese dress worn by women. It is worn by women of all ages.
The type of Indian clothes worn by men are…
A dhoti is from four to six feet long white or colour strip of cotton. This traditional attire is mainly worn by men in villages.
Panche or Lungi
A Lungi, also known as sarong, is a traditional garment of India.
Yes guys that’s Vin Diesel wearing a lungi
An Achkan or a Sherwani is a long coat / jacket that usually sports exposed buttons through the length of the jacket. The length is usually just below the knees and the jacket ends just below the knee.
A Jodhpuri or a Bandhgala is a formal evening suit from India. It originated in the Jodhpur State, and was popularized during the British Raj in India. Also known as Jodhpuri Suit, it is a western style suit product, with a coat and a trouser, at times accompanied by a vest. It brings together the western cut with Indian hand-embroidery escorted by the waist coat.
Angarakha is a traditional upper garment worn in the Indian Subcontinent which overlap and are tied to the left or right shoulder. Historically, the Angrakha was a court outfit that a person could wrap around himself, offering flexible ease with the knots and ties appropriate for wearing in the various principalities of ancient India.
The Indian turban or the pagri is worn in many regions in the country, incorporating various styles and designs depending on the place.
The Dastar, also known as a pagri, is a turban worn by the Sikh community of India. Is a symbol of faith representing values such as honor and spirituality among others. It is worn to protect the Sikh’s long, uncut hair (Kesh) which is one of the Five Ks of Sikhism.
Originally worn by the kings of Mysore during formal meeting in durbar and in ceremonial processions during festivals, and meeting with foreign dignitaries, the Mysore peta has come to signify the cultural tradition of the Mysore and Kodagu district.
The Gandhi cap, a white colored cap made of khadi was popularized by Mahatma Gandhi during the Indian Independence movement The practice of wearing a Gandhi cap was carried on even after independence and became a symbolic tradition for politicians and social activists.
Jawaharlal Nehru wearing Gandhi cap
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