Some cultural backgrounds can be easily identified by the shape and color of traditional garments they wear and the beautiful colorful fabrics used to create such garments. Traditional Indian clothing is known for just that. It's bold, colorful and very unique.
The culture and traditions among Indian people are very diverse and differ from region to region. The Westernization of many cultures has certainly had a big effect on styles of clothing. Although styles have changed over the years, traditional Indian garments are a constant.
HOW TO MAKE INDIAN GARMENTS
Garments women wear
The Sari: The "sari" is a traditional outfit worn by Indian women and can be made out of silk, synthetics, or cotton. The fabrics can be various prints or motifs, and some are sown with real gold thread around borders. The sari is made of a single piece of cloth, this lends itself to it's being comfortable and practical, one size fits all. The sari does not really require sewing. No needles or thread are needed. What is important is the drape and how the garment is worn, and for what occasion.
- To start you need a single length piece of fabric 12 to 26 feet in length and 4 feet wide.
- Use fine fabrics that are lightweight.
How to wear a Sari:
Choli: To accompany the sari, women wear a fitted, short waist blouse call a "Choli". It can be backless, short or long sleeved, or sleeveless. The collars and midriff length can vary; it depends on the individual's taste and culture. They are made with various borders and embroidery.
Petticoat: Also women wear a petticoat underneath the sari that matches the Choli. It has a drawstring at the waist that can be tightened. It should be made with stiff fabrics.
What Men Usually Wear
Men wear a more tailored Western look - shirts, pants, jackets. However in more traditional regions, men wear "sherwani" a long duster coat that either comes to the knee or longer and is worn with a pajama-type pant that is baggie at the waist with a drawstring and tight around the ankle. They also wear the "lungi" a short cut of fabric worn around the body much like a sarong. This is often worn by men and women alike.
If making these garments proves too difficult, you can always shop online and find traditional Indian garments, or shop thrift stores.
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