Indian Fashion Clothing

Understanding Indian Fashion

India like most world countries is diverse because of religious and cultural influences. Indian customs and beliefs therefore arise from different religions among them being Hinduism, Islam and Christianity. Religion and region of residence has a major influence on the dressing code of Indian people with certain clothing specified for al genders, age groups and occasions.


Any decent Indian woman covers herself with the sari from which is the most common traditional Indian dress for females across the country. This unstitched garment refers to the lower 4-9 yards clothe draped in all forms of style and mostly worn with the upper blouse called the choli. The style with which the sari is draped is dependent on the woman's personality, likes and how comfortable they feel too.


What style the sari is worn depends on what region of India a woman comes from with some commonly known styles being affiliated with regions just like the pallu being the style of Gujarat women and the kacha for Maharashtra ladies. Despite its popularity, the sari is not the only traditional cultural and religious Indian female dress. The salwar kameez in Punjab and gagra choli in Rajasthan are good examples of traditional Indian women dresses.


The worldwide influence of globalization and westernization has also been seen to interfere with Indian fashion as women are embracing certain foreign aspects in their dressing. Women no longer dress in conservative dresses as was the case and new dresses like the churidha kurta and salwar kameez are fast catching up and becoming a favorite for youthful women to the old ladies. The infiltration of modern culture does not stop here as is seen by the adoption of new fashions where jeans are being paired by traditional kurthi choli bring a casual feel to the entire garment.


Religious Islam women commonly wear the Hijab as acceptable attire. The Hijab can be taken as a traditional Indian woman's dress but has a major inclination to the religious base as opposed to tradition. This mostly black dress is worn on sari or other clothing and paired with black head dress and transparent face veil.


Men in India also make part of the country's unique fashion from dulhanwear. It may be difficult to find men dressed traditionally in India today but it is not impossible especially if you visit the rural sides where old men reside and also go to special occasions. The dhoti is the traditional Indian male dress that goes with the kurta. The dhoti is a six feet unstitched garment worn to create a pant like effect and it goes with the kurta whose length is longer than the shirt and it has two slits.