Indian clothing

Much of the traditional Indian clothing of years past can still be found in variations in India today. Indian clothing is easily recognized by superbly colored pigment and dyed fabrics. The actual fabrics used in Indian clothing may range from woven cotton to silk. Though most Indian men often wear clothing with western influence, women can still be found adorned in traditional Indian clothing.

Perhaps the most traditional of all Indian clothing is the Sari. A sari is Indian dress that can be worn in several different ways, thus making this single piece of fabric a very versatile garment indeed. A sari is worn with a kind of petticoat skirt underneath that is tied tightly-fitting from waist to floor. The sari is then tucked into the under garment and wrapped around the body in one of several styles. A choli, also worn with the sari, is a type of blouse that ends just beneath the bust line.

Part of what makes the sari such a traditional piece of Indian clothing is the deep-rooted belief that unstitched fabric is pure and thus, sacred. In addition to this belief, a sari is an ideal combination of versatility and comfort.

The salwar-kameez is a sort of combination garment that is a long, loose dress worn over pajama-like pants that are drawn tight at the waist and ankles. A kurta is a loose-fitting top, usually without a collar, that sometimes accompanies traditional Indian clothing. Though the sari is valued for its purity, that's not to say Indian clothing is never stitched. In fact, some designs are embroidered so fantastically on Indian clothing that one might wonder which is better.

Colors of Indian clothing are often deep and rich in hues of blue, red and gold. Orange and earth toned colors are also sometimes seen and many prints and fabrics are a combination of colors and patterns.