What fashion is popular with Indians
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Anyone who travels around India can go wrong in the eyes of the locals. Not that it has direct consequences, what simple man would blame a super-rich stranger for wrongdoing? But looks also say more than 1,000 words, because the German tourist walks through the streets in a tank top with bra straps hanging out and a large neckline. Showing shoulders and wearing short skirts should be absolutely taboo in India!
Every Indian who can afford it tries to wear clean and well-groomed clothes. The more western and modern the clothing, the higher the reputation of the wearer. This is also expected of western, wealthy visitors. In the eyes of the Indians, they don't need to be dirty and neglected, immoral or even in old-fashioned, cheap Indian cotton clothes. Backpackers in their often beloved dirty look are an abomination to Indians, and hippie is a dirty word.
So what do you take with you on a trip to India? This question should concern not only the female travelers, but also the men in advance. Because shorts on men's legs look pretty weird to an Indian, especially in the northern part of India. Only schoolchildren wear something like that - and unfortunately Western tourists again and again. Here the man is much better dressed with long, light cotton or linen trousers. Plus a couple of shirts and sturdy shoes. While men are still made fun of, women have worse cards. You will soon be assumed to have an easy way of life.
Women are always well dressed with long skirts, plus a blouse and a shirt that should definitely cover the shoulders. Indian women who do not wear a sari but a tunic usually have an artfully named scarf Dupatta draped in front of the chest area.
Since you always have to take off your shoes when entering the temple, you should have a pair of socks in your luggage. Not because of the dirt, feet can be washed. But the marble floor is often quite cool, which can be uncomfortable on long tours and easily rewards sensitive people with a cystitis.
In the north you should definitely pack something warm to wear during the cool season in the winter months. It can get really cool there at night, a sweater or a thick cardigan wasn't wrong even in November. Especially if you want to have dinner on the outside walls by candlelight, as is offered in many hotels.
Indian clothing comes in many variations. In most cases it is very colorful and varied, especially noticeable in arid, rural regions, where the colorful clothes of women are nice splashes of color in the arid desert and in the fields. The garb of an Indian woman reflects her origin, her religious ties and her social position.
Almost all women in India wear one sari, even in the metropolises you will rarely see women dressed in western style. Long before sewn clothes came to India, women wore wrapped robes. Only material that had not come into contact with a needle was considered "clean". A sari consists of colorful fabric that is approximately 1.10 meters wide and up to 9 meters long and is artfully wrapped around the body. There are even regionally different winding methods. It consists either of cotton or silk, sometimes of other fabrics and is often decorated with braids made of mirrors, embroidery, glitter and lurex. The stronger the colors and the more elaborate the embroidery, the better. For country women is a sari also practical, because one end is often looped over the head and thus forms a shadowy roof, or a corner worn in front of the face protects against the ubiquitous dust.
Indian women see in their Saris beautiful, whether famous Bollywood-Actress or simple country woman: a sari is one of the most beautiful and elegant pieces of clothing in the world and can definitely be called a national dress. However, we western women mostly look pretty pale and somehow disguised in it. Apart from the not very elegant movements caused by a lack of practice ...
Choli is called the traditional top for sari. It is a cropped shirt with short sleeves, usually it is closed with hooks at the front. The blouses are also made of sari fabric and therefore match the design of the throw.
The Dupatta is a wide scarf, usually made of the same material as the clothing itself. It is worn loosely around the neck or as a sash. It is also used on formal or religious occasions to cover both shoulders and head. Young girls, especially often seen as a school uniform, wear the so-called "Punjabi Dress" and usually large bows around their hair. It is a three-piece dress combination made of a kind of bloomers, Salwar called, a long caftan-like top called Kameez and one Dupatta.
Out Rajasthan comes a combination of Choli with a long skirt that one Lengha Choli is called. The parts are usually richly embroidered and particularly splendid Lenga Choli are also often worn at weddings. The stomach remains free. They are also known from the Bollywood-Films as a typical costume for dancers, as you can move around easily in them. A particularly richly embroidered one Dupatta is always a part of it, too, and is placed around the shoulders or attached to the hair. The small items are also very popular with tourists because they are easier to carry than one sari.
You can also order beautiful Indian clothing in Germany, there are numerous shops on Ebay or at www.purefashion.de or www.oriental-style.de.
Jewelry belongs to every Indian woman. That starts with the famous red dot on the forehead, which in Hindi Bindi called. An adorned forehead is part of a perfect Indian demeanor. In the temple a priest draws a point on your forehead with his finger, which you can then use Tika calls, even in some hotels you are welcomed as a guest. In some regions in the north, married women always wear a red dot on their foreheads, in films and metropolises it is more of a fashion accessory today. Then there are also special wedding bindings, all over small red and white dots that are applied as a curved line above the eyebrows on the whole forehead.
Even simple country women are often seen with a lot of jewelry, mostly made of silver. Numerous bangles jingle on the arm, the more, the richer the wearer. Thick silver hoops are also often found on the cuffs - the jewelry replaces the bank account. Nose rings and nose studs are symbols of purity and marriage, there are also very large specimens that are more likely to be seen at festivities or in films. Toe rings are also a sign of married women.
But not only jewels, but also ornate decorations applied to the skin are a fashion must in India and you can see them everywhere. Most of the time, the ornaments are worn on the feet or in the palms of the hands, which is called mehendi. The parting is also often decorated. While in our country a ring on a woman's finger signals that she is married, in India newly wed brides wear a broad, red line on the middle parting. The lavish crown jewelery in gold, silver or with sparkling stones, which you see so often in Bollywood films, is pure jewelery that is usually only worn at big celebrations.
Indian men also often wear traditional clothing such as Kurtas, Lungis and Dhotis. In the country you can often see pajamas-like trousers, they are called Legan. A Salwar Kameez, a kind of tunic with trousers, can be worn by both women and men. In addition, one often sees a shoe named Khussa, especially exotic with an upturned tip.
The most striking male garment is the turban (Pagri). Not all Indians wear you, especially in the cities you don't see them that often. To the Pagri one can identify the class, caste, occupation or religious beliefs of the wearer. Some patterns and colors are also dependent on the season. The religion of Sikh commands men, always one Dastar to wear and also in rural areas Rajasthan you can see turbans in many colors, each color has its opportunity to wear and it is considered sacrilege to wear an unsuitable turban. In the country of the Rajputs there is supposed to be a different style of turban about every 15 kilometers, many hundreds of different styles and types are known. The colors also have different meanings. In the village we visited, full-time farmers and shepherds wore red turbans and retired peasants wore white. In addition, the turban is in Rajasthan rather round. The turbans are partly wound from extremely long strips of fabric, the cloth below in the photo was 9 meters long. Kicking or standing on a turban can be considered an extreme insult.
Jewelry is also not taboo for men, we have seen a great many in Rajasthan with stud earrings in the shape of flowers. And the waiters, who had become rich through tips, proudly wore their wealth in the form of gemstone rings.
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