Be Beautiful. Be Traditional

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Beauty has many origins. You may find beauty in a gorgeously arranged hairstyle, or in a earthy colored dress fitting perfectly to your body, or may be in complexion of your skin whether dark or fair. It depends upon your perception but clothes are arguably one of those various origins.

From the Oh-my-God-so-Awful dressing sense to That-So-Sexy sense, it is evident that the way you dress up matters. While this article does not concern the way you dress, it certainly does reflect upon those particular category of clothes that continue to define our dressing sense, even in this Modern world.

Traditional clothes are one of the most beautiful clothes you can wear. They are not only culturally significant but the pattern and style they are made on is distinctly fashionable and pretty.  Traditional clothes represent the values, ideologies, and spirit that a culture admits. Everything in the traditional clothing, from its color to its design, reflects one or the other aspect of the culture it represents.

Unlike many nations, India enjoys the blessed diversity of religions, culture, and polity. It provides an electable experience to both natives and foreigners. As there are many existing cultures within the boundaries of this democratic powerhouse, traditional clothings are a part of the everyday fashion that Indian sashay with pride and of course, style.

So, let us have a glimpse of one of the most popular traditional outfits in India.

1. Pattu pavadai

Popularly known as Reshami Lehenga in Rajasthan, this outfit often comes in vibrant, bright colors. Teenage and small girls wear this outfit before marriage and later, there is a slight change in the outfit. Usually having a golden border at the bottom, the pavada hangs from waist to toes. This traditional outfit is usually silk woven and printed in bright colors.

Little girl in this wonderful outfit.

Little girl in this wonderful outfit.

2. Sherwani

During marriages, Indian men make sure that they have the most lavishly decorated, and carefully woven Sherwanis that are essentially one of the most glamorous marriage outfits any Indian male can wear.

A Sherwani is a long coat that has buttons to the length of the coat, which ends just below the knees.  It has a stand up collar that is often known as Nehru Collar and is worn with tight pants, known as Churidars.

They are usually worn by the groom but may be worn by close relatives as well.

No other traditional outfit makes Indian male more dashing than a Sherwani.

A lavish Sherwani.

A lavish Sherwani.

3. Mekhela Sador

Northeast is the epitome of multiplicity. For me, Beautiful is a close synonym to Northeast. From exotic locations to impressive fashion trends, northeast never fails to impress and enrapture you. Such is the richness that dwells deep in the heart of northeast. So, it would not be surprising to find similar reflection on the Assamese traditional outfits.

Mekhela Sador is worn by women of all ages.  Mekhela is the bottom part of the entire outfit and is draped from the waist downwards.  The folds often resemble Sari folds.

The top portion is called Chador that is a long length of cloth that has one end tucked into the upper portion of the Mekhela and the rest draped over and around the rest of the body. However, the folds in Chador are usually triangular in shape.

Mekhela Chador.

Mekhela Chador.

4. Lungi

It would not be a surprise if you know the Lungi Song.  The song became popular not only for its catchy beats but also for the cultural touch that made it a masala song. After all, that song is all about Lungi!

Lungi is one of the most commonly worn outfits in India. Worn by males, it is a traditional garment of India that is tucked in, over the waist, up to knee-length or is allowed to lie over and reach up to the ankle. While Lungis can be closed and open, they provide the comfort that no other garment in the world can provide.

In South India, Lungis are known as Mundus and they are always white.

So, forget pants and trousers, they suck, and get a mild colored Lungi for the comfort you have never experienced before.

Lungi Dance! Lungi Dance! Lungi Dance!

A typical lungi cloth.

A typical lungi cloth.

5. Churidaar Kurta

Feminism is the essence of this traditional garment. It gives woman elegance, glamour, and a feminine persona. Churidaar Kurta is among the most beautiful traditional garment and is also one of the most experimented outfits in the Fashion industry anywhere in the world.

Churidaar is a pair of tight pants or trousers, just like a Sherwanis’ Churidaar.  Usually a long kurta, which goes below the knees, is worn with the churidaar.

The newer generation has however, modified this outfit. Wearing Kurta with a pair of jeans has become a common fashion trend among girls in India.

A symbol of Feminism, this outfit.

A symbol of Feminism, this outfit.

6. Sari

Inarguably, it is the most elegant traditional garment in India. There may be several variations in Saris today but the elegance does not even let go of a Sari. It has this majestic power of making any girl beautiful.

A sari is a strip of unstitched cloth, ranging from four to nine meters in length that is draped over the body in various styles. It is worn with a blouse, which itself comes in various designs. It comes in myriad of colors and by myriad of names.

In Kerela, Sari is known as Kavanis whereas in Karnataka, it is known as Seree.

No matter by which name they are known as, people from across the globe identify Saris as essential one of the most beautiful garments from India.

Sari does not need any introduction, does it?

Sari does not need any introduction, does it?