Indian clothing - collection of all types of clothing that produce and are within India, which are an integral part of Indian culture and the world.
Clothing in India varies from region to region and depends on the ethnic, geographical and climatic characteristics of the region, as well as the cultural traditions of the peoples inhabiting it. Historically, men's and women's clothes have evolved from simple langot (Indian loincloths for men) and conventional loincloths to well-designed costumes, which envelop the entire body, not just used for everyday wear, but also on the occasion, as well as for the performance of rituals and dances . In the cities, nearly all segments of the population are of Western-style clothes. Indian clothing has a great variety of colors and materials. Color code depends on the religious and ritual studies. For example, Indians wearing white clothes - it's a sign of mourning, while Christians and Parsis clothes that color usually dress for the wedding.
Dhoti (Hindi धोटी, dhoṭī ) - traditional form of menswear, widespread in South and Southeast Asia, particularly in India. Is a rectangular strip of fabric length of 2-5 m, wraps around the legs and thighs with one end passing between the legs. Typically using white or color fabric, sometimes ornamented on the edge. In wearing the form of a narrow resembles short shorts or trousers. In southern India and in Punjab dhotis traditionally worn as a skirt-plowing.
Length dhoti could be a sign of caste differences: the members of the higher castes, usually had long dhoti, at the lower castes - a shorter, better suited for the job.
Dhoti - is artfully draped, loin clothes Indian men. Dhoti is a rectangular strip of fabric, usually a length of 5 meters, white or other solid color. Different languages of India it is known by different names. So in Punjabi - is laacha, Bengali - dhuti, Tamil - Veştem, and Malayalam - Mundu. There are different ways of draping a dhoti, but there is a common style. Draperies do not start from the edge, and from the middle of the piece of fabric. The central part of the fabric is wrapped around the hips and tied in front of a node. The left end of the fabric, folded in pleats, wrapped around the left leg and the belt is laid back, and right draped in folds and lays ahead for the belt. dhoti kurta in northern India dhoti worn with Kurta (long shirt). This combination is referred to as "dhoti kurta". In South India, dhoti dress with angavashtram (cape on the shoulders). In some parts of the country men wear lungi (cloth strip length of 2 meters and a width of 1.5), which are sewn together like a skirt or simply worn tied at the waist. Most often dhoti dress for the holidays and family celebrations. Some men, though they are not much prefer it dhoti and wear it every day. Western style permeates everything stronger in India, and for most men a dhoti was home clothes, primarily because of the convenience. Lungi, also known as a sarong -Traditional clothes in India. Mundu - is essentially a lungi, which differs from it in that it is completely white. It can tuck into the waist and length is reduced to the level of the knees or left free, where length is the ankles. Usually Mundu tuck when a person is working on the field or in the shop and leaves open as a sign of respect, being in places of worship or when the person is next to the dignitary.
Lungi, basically, there are two types: open and stitched lungi lungi. Open lungi - a simple fabric of cotton or silk, whereas crosslinked lungi has two open ends which are sewn together in a tube.
Although lungi is mostly worn by men, older women also prefer to wear it with other types of clothing with good aeration. Lungi is most popular in South India, although you can also see in these clothes of people in countries such as Bangladesh, Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Somalia, due to the very hot and humid climate, which makes it impossible to comfortably wear pants, though they are increasingly being used for formal dresses. Lungi Kurt - a long, wide shirt, the length of which reaches the knees, but may be a little shorter. Depending on personal preference, kurta can be worn with churidarami , narrow pants, a cut specially long legs to form on the lower leg folds resembling bracelets. Also wear it with wide shalwar (trousers) and Paju - wide, loose pants, nezauzhennymi down.
Kurt is a versatile piece of clothing that is worn in both formal and informal occasions.Traditional kurt has no collar and recess typically located on the chest. Today, however, it has undergone significant changes. There is an amazing variety of choice kurta different quality and style of weaving. In the summer of preferred kurta cotton and silk, and winter demand heavy fabrics such as wool or khadi (hand-spun cloth of threads on a spinning wheel called Charkha (charkha), which serve as raw material for cotton, wool and silk). Buttons traditional wood and metal are not sutured, but rather attached to the fabric. Embroidered and jeweled, Kurt, is a traditional Indian clothing, enjoys increasing popularity in other countries.
For men: a dhoti (a rectangular strip of fabric length of 2-5 m, is wrapped around the hips like pants, with one end passing Mezhuyev feet) or trousers and a kurta (a cross between a long jacket and shirt, worn untucked, you can use the dense monochromatic shirt): The social status of the men displayed a length dhoti: the dhoti longer, the higher the status.
Shervani - is a long coat, fastened to the collar. Its length can be obychnonizhe knee. It adds charm and grace especially tall men. The Indians do not skimp when buying Shervani on the occasion of celebrations and weddings. Shervani usually wear with shalwar (trousers) or churidarami (narrow pants).
The origin can be traced Shervani, back in the days of the Delhi Sultanate and the Mughal Empire. By the end of the XVIII century. almost every man wore Shervani. To date, there are huge variations of styles and models of the costume. Shervani sewn from silk or satin and decorated with embroidery, sequins and mirrors. In Pakistan Shervani is a national clothes, with government officials are Shervani black. While in India, men wear Shervani mainly at family celebrations.