Close to Your Roots

Modern India has turned all our traditional guises into fashion statements. While saris and lehengas were something worn by every woman once, they have now become intricately adorned artwork we showcase on ourselves.

Ethnic days and festivals have become the only occasions to wear our regional clothing. India has a vast range of cultures and due to this, an assortment of outfits are worn throughout the country traditionally.

While saris are worn all over the nation, the way it is draped varies greatly from region to region. There are more than 80 ways of draping it. Nivi style from Andhra is the most common style while the Bengali and Odia way is without any plaits and over the head. They are traditionally shades of white with a re border. The Gujaratis drape the end from back to front. Maharashtrians have an entirely different way of wrapping it around and between their legs. Assamese and Manipuri sarees consist of three pieces of cloths. The Kerala style sarees are white with golden borders.

Salwar kameez is a combination of a kurti and harem-ish pants. Mostly worn as casual wear, it’s sprung from Punjab. The Moghul Anarkalis are bautiful calf length gowns worn with leggings. Lehengas are often associated with weddings.

The men decked up in kurtas, dhotis, lungis and sherwanis. With such an array, ethnic day was a sight for sore eyes.

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