Indian clothes and costumes
The wonders of India are also visible in different clothing traditions. Although Western fashion is becoming increasingly important in urban areas, especially among young people, Indian people are keen to retain their traditional clothing and costumes.
During your trip to India, you will have no trouble discovering all the colorful Indian clothes. To help you find your way, here is a list of Indian clothing and costumes.
The costumes may differ according to region and indicate ethnic or religious affiliation. The way Hindus carry their saris strikes the attention of westerners. Proudly dressed in this colorful clothing, the Indians go about their daily occupations with a rare elegance.
Long piece of cotton or silk (during ceremonies such as a wedding) measuring 5 to 10 meters long, it usually wraps around the waist and the left shoulder. Below, the simple bolero choli, leaves the belly uncovered and a full petticoat outfit. The sari even covers the feet.
Two Hindus ceremonies impose their color: white during mourning whereas Red at the wedding.
Kurta and Dhoti
If Indians always wear sari on a daily basis, only orthodox Hindus or villagers dress commonly with kurta and dhoti. You have certainly seen images of Gandhi dressed this way. The kurta is a loose shirt in white cotton. The dhoti, also in white cotton, passes between the legs and wraps the waist.
In the Muslims, the traditional dress for the woman consists of a loose and straight tunic, worn on narrow pants or puffing according to the region. In the more orthodox families the women wear the burqa, long black veil concealing all or part of the face.
The men wear the kurta-pajama, cotton or silk tunic (during ceremonies), falling on wide pants. At the waist, before tightening the belt, it is not more than one meter large.
In large urban centers, unlike women, men have completely abandoned this traditional clothing for the benefit of the very Western jacket.
Indian women love jewelry. Heavy gold or silver ornaments, set with precious or semi-precious stones encircle arms and neck, hangings from the ears and adorning the ankles. In addition to the sari, the Indian women carry to the front the tika. A mark of color on the forehead, a religious symbol par excellence (the eye of knowledge), it also indicates marital status. The fashion tends to go towards different coloured pastilles, to harmonize with the tint of saris.