The facts that you may not know about Indian cultures (Part 2)

4. Apparel – Indian tourism

Traditional costumes in India vary greatly by region in terms of color and appearance, and depend on many factors, including climate. Traditional costumes include traditional sari for women and traditional dhoti for men.

Sari is a costume consisting of 3 parts, a tight-fitting body, a cloth wrapped around the body, especially long heels to cover the legs and a cloth to cross the shoulders. Sari is often combined with many different accessories such as bracelets, necklaces, elaborate earrings, creating a splendor for the woman. You can see that women with high status, aristocracy will have more gorgeous costumes.

In the past, depending on the color of the Sari the woman was wearing, one could also judge the situation of the wearer. For example: Widowed women often wear white sari, do not use elaborate jewelry. The bride on the wedding day always wear red sari. Green sari for Muslim women. Low-class women in society only get blue Sari. Yellow sari will be for pregnant women, and they will wear this color continuously for 7 days.

Dhoti is a traditional costume for men, derived from a long, tight loincloth from prehistoric India. Dhoti often wears an orhna or chadar shirt that comfortably wears over his shoulders to cover his back and chest, and another turban to cover his head.

In southern India, dhoti are styled in the sarongs of Southeast Asians and Indonesians, often used for cultural or traditional festivals.

In North India, dhoti is often worn with Kurta, called dhoti kurta (or dhuti panjabi in the east). In Tamil Nadu, it is paired with angavastram (a type of garment that detaches from the shoulders) or chokka (a type of shirt) in Andhra Pradesh or juuba (a local version of kurta).

Dhoti is seen as an important costume across India. In addition to the government and aristocratic lineage, dhoti is also strictly dressed up in large-scale formal clubs and other facilities. In religions, dhoti is also worn differently to distinguish followers no religion, but these believers often wear two basic colors are white and ocher.