Culture? If one is to define this word she or he can come with so many words. According to the dictionary this word refers to a state of logical development or manners-I feel it is all about society,customs,traditions,ethnicity way of life that influence the growth of a human being .
Indian culture is rich and diverse and is very inimitable. From the way of communicating with one another, way of clothing , way of eating and living –everything is an important component of our culture. Even though we have accepted fresh means of living, enhanced our lifestyle, our values and beliefs still remain untouched.
Clothes in Indian culture have a cultural charm and are displayed through simple and flamboyant outfits in India. India is a country which has such a climate which is well adapted to a mixed variety of muslins,cottons,viscose,cotton silk,brocades,silk-all of which have a grace and sheen of their own. Attires should suit the county, ambience as well as the climate.
The Sari possesses oldest survival in the human race. It is the most adaptable drape with its amazing styles of draping and design. It is over 5000 years old to the extent that it is mentioned in the Vedas Fashion changes with time but the saree is the only thing which has remained unaffected .It is the sari which is the traditional dress of India and adapts in terms of materials, drapes and style with each expanse.A single can be worn in unlimited ways because of its length and width-it can be converted into a dhoti,skirt,pleated in any manner thus giving it another reason for people to prefer it over any other attire.
Designers have also played around with this attire in different drapes and styles and have brought it on the international ramp as well. Not only Indians,a lot of foreign nationals are also fond of this attire-Visit a place like Vrindavan and you will find maximum foreign nationals wearing the sari with so much craze. Why the sari has arrived all these years is because of the people of countryside.Sari is indeed the most appealing and graceful attire,perfect for any occasion.
It was a common practice in India that young girls wear salwar kameez .But now things have changed with time. Salwar Kameez is one outfit which is worn by maximum women and girls. When women wear the salwar kameez, they usually wear a long piece of cloth measuring 2.5 meteres and is called a dupatta.Dupatta too can we draped in various ways again depending on occassions.It can be simply wrapped around the head or neck, just wrapped on one hand and shoulder or simply on both shoulders.This too like the saree adds grace to the entire outfit giving it the total feminine touch.Salwar Kameez in Punjabis is the wedding dress.
The garment was originally limited to the North, but because of its convenience to wear it has become the modest substitute to a sari.It too like the sari flatters practically any one and has now become a very common garment across the nation. By varying the fabric, color and the level of embroidery and decoration, the salwar-kameez can be formal, casual, dressy, or plain; and it can also be made to suit practically all. The most comfortable dress is the salwar kameez that exudes Indianness and is also comfortable.
Different types of work like zardosi, sequens ,appliqué,maal,mukesh,aari,kundan,cutdana,beads are used in embellishing the sarees,suits to give it a heavier look.Apart from this different fabrics,colours ,decorations can give both the sari and salwar kameez a relaxed, chic, formal look.
Summing everything up ,the conventional style of clothing in India varies with age. India has a varied culture in terms of dresses. Women wear ethnic clothes to embellish their look. Ethnic Wear is immortal and maintains the soul of our culture.