In India and during the days while they were working on the plantations, East Indians wore their Indian wore their Indian wear as a sense of pride of being a Hindu man or woman. For men, dhoti’s were the traditional men wear whilst for women sari’s and gararas were the most popular together with sindoor and elaborate jewellery to accompany as accessories. Women wore these Indian wear in a particular manner as it was not worn to attract negative attention as the woman’s body is supposed to be covered which depicts the ideal Indian woman
In today’s society, Indian wear still exists and for men, dhoti’s are no longer the only option as there are known kurtas and shawani’s to add to men’s fashion. Women’s clothing has also transformed but not in a good way as the clothing is no longer traditional and when younger women wear these outfits such as sari’s and gararas, certain areas of the body tend to show and as time moves along the traditional way of preserving onesleve while wearing clothing has dwindled away.
Indian women in early times were proud of wearing their traditional Indian wear in public, however, due to changes in society and Western influences, you almost never women wear these clothing in public except if it’s for a wedding or religious event. Most of the times it is the elderly manor elderly women you would see wearing these traditional Indian wear and in the correct manner. Accessories still adorn Indian wear for both men and women, however sindoor, which is a powdered substance placed on a married women’s head, is not worn by every Hindu woman as they fear negative comments by those in society.
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