India: Dress                                                                    

  • Clothing varies from region to region depending on the ethnicity, geography, climate and cultural traditions of the locals.
  • Historically, men wore langotas (photo) and loincloths to cover the body.
  • There are also elaborate costumes used both daily and on festive occasions.
  • In urban areas, western clothing is common and is worn by all.
  • Color codes are followed in clothing based on the religion and ritual concerned. For instance, Hindu ladies wear white clothes to indicate mourning, while Parsis and Christians wear white to weddings.
  • Many women wear saris (photo). A sari consists of a drape varying from 5-9 yards (4.57-8.23 meters) in length and 2-4 feet (60 cm-1.20 meters) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff.