Indian Costumes - Informative & researched article on Indian Costumes
 Indianetzone: Largest Free Encyclopedia of India with thousand of articlesIndian Costume


in  
 Art & Culture|Entertainment|Health|Reference|Sports|Society|Travel
Forum  | Free E-magazine  | RSS Feeds  
Indian Food|Indian Religion|Indian Personalities|Indian Villages|Kamasutra|Indian Costume|Indian Weddings|Astrology|Indian Jewellery|Indian Women|Indian Tribals
Home > Society > Indian Costume > Indian Costumes
Indian Costumes
Indian costumes are extremely diverse and greatly varied, in keeping with the geographical, cultural and religious diversity of the country. Various regions have their own typical style of dressing.
 
 Indian Costumes Indian Costumes are as varied and diverse as the culture of the country. The many beautiful, bright and unique attires of the country vary even from state to state due the great geographical diversity of the country. The costumes in India are also worn depending on the natural fibres that are popularly grown in that particular area. Despite the current prevalence of western style of dressing, when festivities and other occasions are in vogue Indian traditional costumes are the preferred forms of attire.

An outstanding feature of Indian costume is the bright hues and fine textures of the clothes. Every region in India is distinct in its language, lifestyle and food and this diversity is reflected in its traditional dressing as well. For example, a half saree worn to college in the southern states is completely different from the dressing norms followed in northern India.

Traditional Indian Costumes
Traditional clothes are still worn during traditional ceremonies or in the interior pockets of the country. In the cold northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, people wear a thick loose shirt called a `phiran` to keep them warm; whereas in the tropical warmth of south India, men wear a sarong like garment called the `mundu`, while women drape 5 meters of cloth around their bodies in the graceful folds of the saree, the national dress of Indian women.

Indian Costumes In the state of Rajasthan and Gujarat which are rather dry, the men wear a dhoti around their lower limbs and a kurta. The Rajasthani men are also known for the colourful turbans that they wear. Their heads are covered by a cloth made of fine cotton known as the Odhna or the dupatta. The state of Punjab is famous for the renowned Phulkari work which is seen woven on the shawls, worn over a blouse known as the choli and a long skirt called the ghaghra. In urban India, women, commonly wear the `salwar kameez` or the `churidar`, and the `saree` is worn on formal occasions. Men wear `kurtas` and pajamas, or a `sherwani` for formal wear. Men these days usually wear a trouser along with a shirt.

The most common costume worn by Indian women, in fact the national dress of Indian women is the Saree. It is a six yard cloth which is draped in different styles in different regions. Stiff tangails, flowing silks, elegant chiffons and heavy brocades, all of them can be easily maneuvered into this style. The ladies generally use the `pallav` (edge) of the saree to cover their heads. For the men, the common traditional outfits are the Kurta Pajamas. Lungis and dhotis are also worn by Indian men.

Western Costumes in India
It is a point to note that while the traditional Indian costumes are still largely worn by a vast majority of people in the country, the spread of globalization and cross-culturalism has also led to the popularity of traditional costumes in the country. A majority of the Indian population today follow the western mores when it comes to dressing. Thus the men can be seen dressed in pants, t-shirts, shirts and jeans, the women may be variously outfitted in jeans, tops, shirts, skirts and dresses.

Tribal Indian Costumes
The Indian tribes use a particular dressing pattern according to their native style. The women of Santhal tribe usually drape a white saree with red borders. The Meghval women wear puthia, while the Kumhar women dress much like the women of Gujjar tribe and wear a black and red-checkered `saadi` of thick woven fabric draped around the waist. Indian CostumesThe Jogi women wear a `chola` as the upper garment, which is usually made of red printed fabric, the lower garment is a skirt made of `katari chhint`. Among the tribal communities of the north-east, such as the Mizos, the Manipuris, the Khasi tribe, the Naga tribe and the Arunachilis, the people are seen wearing beautifully coloured woven clothing much like a sarong, and woven shawls which represent the identity of each tribal group. Similarly, there are many more Indian tribes who dress according to their deep rooted tradition.

Accessories
Accessorising a particular garment is a rather integral part of Indian dressing. Costume accessories and costume jewellery are items that are widely used in India to complement fashion. Thus in India most women can be seen adorned in earrings, nose ornaments, rings, anklets and brightly colored bangles. Some paint a dot of colour or apply a readymade Bindi, on their foreheads.

Thus the great diversity of the country is seen reflected in the dressing style of the different people. The variety of Indian costumes is immense, and the style of dressing and costume of a person goes a long way in indicating his ethnicity, region, religion and sub-culture in India.

(Last Updated on : 09/01/2014)
Recently Updated Articles in Indian Costume
Costumes of Ancient India
Costumes of Ancient India have been broadly discussed in various literary works of the country. It appears from the literary sources that people were very particular about their costumes in ancient India.
Male Fashion Designers of India
Male Fashion Designers of India are the Fashion aficionados who have had layered the pillars of fashion amidst the fashion land of India.
Tussar Silks
The precious Tussar silk, bears immense worth, because of its high quality texture.
Indian Costume Accessories
The Indian costume accessories include the traditional ones for both men & women.
Indian Clothing
Indian Clothing, available in diverse styles, corresponds to the unique styles for men and women incorporating the ethnicity and cultural heritage of the country.
E-mail this Article | Post a Comment
Forum
Forum on Indian Costume
Free E-magazine
Subscribe to Free E-Magazine on Society
 
 
Indian Costumes - Informative & researched article on Indian Costumes
Sitemap
Contact Us   |   RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2008 Jupiter Infomedia Ltd. All rights reserved including the right to reproduce the contents in whole or in part in any form or medium without the express written permission of
Jupiter Infomedia Ltd.