GUEST BLOG POST BY STUDENT AMBASSADOR:

SUSAN CASTRO-SCHELL (8TH GRADE)

When it comes to crafts and fashion, India might take the prize for the most colorful and ethnically themed designs. Gujarati people of India have one of the most dazzling and ornate selections of traditional clothing and handicrafts of all. The Gujarati are those who follow original Indian traditions and pass them down through generations. They’re mostly known for their detailed patterns and hued designs. These amazing pieces of art express India’s cultural and creative legacies.

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THE CLOTHING TYPES:

The Gujarati chaniya & choli are one of many traditional outfits worn throughout India. Women in India typically wear clothing based on local culture, religion and climate. Common clothing among women can be: saris, choli tops, and lehenga cholis. Men have a wider range of acceptable clothing to wear. Recently, pants and shirts were approved as traditional men’s apparel. Common clothing among men are: dhotis, panache or lungi, and angarkhas.

TEXTILE ORIGINS:

Indian style and textile handicrafts go way far back in time. India was one of the first places where cotton was cultivated and used as early as 2500BC. The tradition of textiles traces back to the Indus valley civilization. The citizens of Indus valley weaved their clothing using homespun cotton. They created beautiful patterns and embroidered delicate and intricate designs. That tradition has continued to thrive even today.

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TEXTILES AND TRADITIONAL INDIAN WEDDINGS:

In most parts of India, the clothing is full of hued textiles that are hand embroidered. In India, there is a lot of work put into their clothing. The traditional outfits for Indian marriages are ornate saris or lehengas for women.  Designs are dependent on the bride’s religion and often are embroidered with gold accents and bright vivid colors. Red is usually the favored color when it comes to weddings in India, opposed to the traditional white dresses in the United States. Men usually wear a dhoti or a lungi with a shirt, or an angavastram to cover their chest. Women will also sometimes  wear a flowered veil to cover their face if they live in the north of India.

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DID YOU KNOW?

  • Gold is one of the treasured colors among Indian women. Gold is incorporated in almost every outfit.
  • A very popular item is the dhoti, a scarf and turban popular since ancient Indian times.
  • What you wear in India sometimes can define your social status
  • Old fashion/traditional clothing used to just be fabric wrapped around the body in several ways.
  • Bollywood fashion has inspired Indian clothing
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