The history of Indian clothing started with the Indus Valley civilization that utilized to spin, weave and color cotton, which made the cotton industry progress greatly. In ancient times – and still today – silk or cotton were woven into different designs peculiar to each distinctive locale.
There are numerous distinctive sorts of clothing traditionally worn by Indian women, and all of them are related with the local culture, religion, and the climate.
1. KAFTAN Kaftan or Caftan is a free- fitting long robe or tunic that could have a contract cut without characterized sleeves, either with a profound open neck or completely open to the floor and sometimes buttoned. These comfortable dresses are generally bound with a band and are made of almost any fabric, but mostly made of cotton, fleece or silk.
2. KURTI (aka KURTA) A kurti (or kurta) is an outfit that is usually of a knee-length top that comes with different necklines like chinese collar, round neck, v-neck, boat neck and so on. It is mostly made of fabrics like cotton, chiffon, chanderi, fleece, georgette, silk, rayon, and crepe. Kurtis can be worn with leggings, churidar pants, palazzo pants, jeans, skirts according to your preference. NOTE: Kurtis are only the tops without a bottom wear. If you are looking with the bottom wear kindly go through the ‘Kurti Set’ category.
3. PALAZZO Palazzos are wide-cut pants that flare out from the waist and in appearance are mid way between a skirt and pants. They are usually made of light and comfortable fabrics and can be matched with t-shirts, tank tops, shirts, crop tops, kurtis, denim, long tops and even with a blouse and jacket.
4. PLUS SIZE Each body type is uniquely beautiful. In terms of sizing, mold may be a lot more inclusive than it used to be. Which means that there are a wide range of varieties for plus-size clothing from flattering dresses to skinny jeans. So you’ll no longer need to compromise fashion for fit.
5. KURTI SET A Kurti set usually comprises either of a kurti with a contrast bottom like palazzo, leggings etc, or a kurti with a palazzo, leggings or a churidar pant with a matching dupatta according to the design. There are a wide range of varieties according to their design, fashion, embroidery work, color, style and fabrics used. Most of the fabrics used include cotton, chiffon, chanderi, rayon, georgette, silk, crepe and fleece.
6. SALWAR KAMEEZ A salwar kameez is a set which comprises a pajama or pants like bottom called salwar, a top called kameez usually of knee-length or below and a matching chunni or dupatta. It is made of a wide range of fabrics like cotton, chiffon silk, dupion silk, satin silk, crepe silk, tussar silk and paper silk. The kameez has a numerous style of weaving and the salwar has a wide range of varieties.
7. SAREES A saree/ sari is a traditional attire worn by an Indian woman. It is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘sati’, which means ‘strip of cloth’. It is an unstitched length of cloth, generally measures around 5 to 9 yards long, and 1.2 – 1.5 meters wide. The end strip, usually longer than a meter, is called the pallu. The saree is usually paired with a blouse and a petticoat. Cotton, chiffon, crepe, georgette, silk, organza, velvet, brasso, tussar, tissue, jute, satin, chanderi are some fabrics that are used for sarees.