When Indians who live in other parts of the world often choose to wear their homeland’s traditional clothing and it’s easy to see why. After all, traditional Indian clothes are some of the most elegant and graceful in the world. There are creative designers who transform ethnic designs into attractive clothing that will remind you of India’s glorious past and bygone eras where the Ranis and Maharajas used to spend lavishly on their outfits.
Traditional Indian clothing is typically worn during special occasions and on events where you might want to show off your culture and heritage. These outfits take you closer to your cultural roots, and they symbolize the glorious tradition and past of India. Here are some types of traditional Indian clothing that is still worn today:
- Kurta – A men’s tunic that pertains to a loose long shirt, with a length that falls right below or above the knees. Kurtas were primarily for men in the past, but nowadays, it is acceptable for contemporary women to wear them, too.
- Dhoti – Men’s traditional Indian clothing. It is made of an unstitched piece of cloth, which is typically five yards long and tied around the legs and waist. Dhoti has several names, depending on the region of India. In Bangla, it is known as ‘dhuti’, and ‘laacha’ in Punjabi.
- Salwar kameez – Women’s traditional Indian clothing. This elegant salwar suit consists of a knee-length salwar, which resembles a kurti, and paired with a loose trouser-like kameez. A dupatta is often worn to complete the look. Salwar kameez can be worn on all appropriate festivals and occasions.
- Sherwani – Men’s long coat. It is a handsome combination of a kurta and a long coat that resembles a British frock coat. A sherwani is typically worn by grooms in India, and it can easily be complemented by a traditional Mojris or a stole. Sherwani brings out the grace and elegance in men, especially if they are tall. Many Indian men would spend lavishly on a high-quality sherwani suit for their wedding.
- Lehenga choli – An alternative to traditional sarees. This is three-piece outfit for a woman that consists of a tight-fitting blouse or choli, a dupatta, and a long ghagra or lehenga, which flares down the bottom.