(Last Updated on : 09/08/2011)
Indian Clothing is renowned throughout the world, for its ethnic wears, perfectly depicting the richness and exuberance of the cultural heritage. The Indian clothing style is considered as unique and exclusive. Indian clothing categorises separate dresses, depending on seasonal variations and geographical locations. Besides the traditional dresses, Indian clothing also includes various styles and patterns of western dresses and clothing styles. However, in the villages of India, traditional clothing like Kurta, Sarees, Lungi
and Pyjama are more common. A lot of variations including regional as well as religion mark the styles of Indian clothing. A plethora of colours and textures in garments can be witnessed in Indian Clothing.
Indian Clothing for Men
The most familiar dress for Indian men is dhoti. It is basically a rectangular piece of unstitched fabric, usually five yards of length and is draped around the waist and the legs. Known as Veshti in Tamil, Laacha in Punjabi, Mundu in Malayalam, Pancha in Telugu and Dhotar in Marathi it has become a style mark for Indian men. In various regions of India, Dhoti is being worn with inimitable fashion. In northern region of India, the garment is usually worn with a Kurta on top. This combination is better known as Dhoti Kurta, or Dhuti Panjabi in the eastern region. In southern part of the country, the garment is specially associated with wedding ceremonies and other joyous festivals. The participants of a South Indian Wedding, including the groom deck up in the traditional Pancha while performing the ceremonies. Silk Panchas are also known as Magatam or Pattu Pancha in several places of southern India. For Bengali grooms, off- white Dhuti is very popular.
Another dress which ennobles the wealth of Indian clothing is Sherwani
, which is basically a long jacket with buttons. The length of the Sherwani is generally upto the knee. It is usually worn in auspicious celebrations. Most Sherwanis are embroidered is various designs. Sometimes a long scarf is also used along with it.
Lungi is a particular type of cloth that is wrapped around the waists. This is a casual dress mainly worn by men at home. But nowadays, the traditional dresses have been substituted with typical western wears like jeans, shirts, trousers etc.
Indian Clothing for Women
The most popular traditional Indian clothing for women is Sari. It is a long piece of cloth made from fine cotton, silk or other fabrics, weaving in different grains with different designs. The sari has a lasting charm, adding elegance and beauty of an Indian woman. The colour and the textural appropriateness vary with the age, status and region, though it is worn in almost every occasion. The well fitted, short blouse is called a Choli. There are variations in the method of wearing and wrapping the sari, which varies in different regions, based on the prevalent culture.
Another popular attire of women in Indian clothing is the Indian Salwar-Kameez
. In northern region of India, Salwar Kameez is really very popular and in high demand. It can be made up of different materials and diverse designs. It is getting wide acceptance among Indian women in all the regions. Sometimes, instead of Salwar a woman often wear a Churidar. A Churidar is a type of trouser, tightly fitted at the portions like hips, thighs and ankles. A Kurta can be worn above it.
Indian Clothing constitutes very colourful dresses, highlighting their magnificence and grandeur. Rajasthani and Gujarati women, especially, dress in multicoloured twirling skirts called lehenga, matching nicely with a short top called a Choli. As a part of their traditional practices they cover their heads with beautiful veils, popularly known as Odhani. India is an abode of various tribal communities. Each one of them dress up according to their own fashion and tradition, thus, enriching the trend of Indian clothing.
Indian Clothing varies according to religious and regional diversities. But with modernisation of the society, the younger generation is more prone to the western wear; and thus a new variation of Indian Clothing has evolved with the fusion of traditional Indian and modern western attires, giving it a rather unique and distinct identity. Indian clothing is as varied and enriched as the whole demographical variation of the country itself, keeping intact its originality and beauty.