Women's Indian Clothing & Indian Dresses


Women's Indian Clothing & Indian Dresses

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.

India's clothing styles have continuously evolved over the course of history. Cotton was first cultivated in Indian subcontinent around the 5th millennium BC. Dyes used during this period are still in use, particularly indigo, red madder, lac and turmeric. Silk was woven around 2450 BC and 2000 BC. In the 11th century BC Rig-veda mentions dyed and embroidered garments known as paridhan and pesas respectively and thus highlights the development of sophisticated garment manufacturing techniques during this period.

In the 5th century BC, Greek historian Herodotus describes the richness of the quality of Indian textiles. By the 2nd century AD, cotton, muslins and silk textiles manufactured in India were imported by the Roman Empire and was one of the major exports of ancient India to other parts of the world along with Indian spices and Wootz steel. Traditional Indian clothing greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced by local culture, geography and climate. Women traditionally wear Sari, Gagra Choli, Angarkha, Phiran, Shalwar Kameez, Gharara and Bandi with Dupatta or Ghoonghat worn over head or shoulder to complete the outfit. Men traditionally wear Angarkha, Achkan, Kurta, Kameez, Phiran, Sherwani and Koti for upper garment, lower garment includes Dhoti, Churidar, Shalwar, and Lungi. Pagri is usually worn around head to complete the outfit. In urban centres, people often wear western clothing and variety of other contemporary fashion.

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 / 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 PANTS

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 WITH PALAZZO 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.

Kerala Sarees (or Kasavu)

The word Kasavu actually means the zari used in the border of this saree. You'll see a traditional Kasavu saree off white in colour with beautiful gold border.  Kasavu is really the material used to make this saree and in the same way, when the material is used to make Mundu (dhoti) for men, it is called Kasavu Mundu. In Kerala, traditional attire like saree, mundu (dhoti) and setu mundu (a two-piece saree) are commonly called kathari, i.e. handlooms. They are extremely popular in the state and on Onam people tend to revisit their traditions by wearing the attires. White Kerala sarees that have a coloured Casu border in place of gold are called Kara.


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