It is a wonder to see the range of beautiful lehengas, salwar suits and sarees online. This makes us think back to the times when this all started.
Indian traditional fashion is still alive and rocking even today and that too with more grandeur than there ever was. It’s a fact, Indian traditional fashion is here to stay and evolve with the years to come. Not only is it comfortable to be in, but also practical and artistically beautiful with the passage of time
It was found that during the primitive Indian tradition, people were not aware of stitched garments. For the women, the Dhoti or the Saree were used as the lower garments. This was then combined with a Stanapatta (breast-band) for covering the breasts. This basically formed a basic outfit, none of which needed to be stitched. The clothing to cover the chest was simply fastened into a knot at the back and the Dhoti or Saree was worn covering both legs at the same time or, with one end of it passed between the legs and tucked at the back.
The “Odhani” or the “Dupatta” is still used extensively in India in the modern times as it was used then. It had its early prototype in the Vedic period. Minor differences and modifications apart, this dress seems to remain as a standard for women for an uncommon length of time. The reason behind this type of dressing is that women’s dresses tend to be more conservative and also these garments together belong to the timeless history of garments of India.
During the Mughal era, the Muslims introduced a new range of stitched clothing that was variant in style, fabric, and ornamentation. At this era, women’s attire combined the ungia or choli along with an equivalent of a ghagra or what we know today as the lehenga. It was at this time that women started wearing kurtas over the ungia sometimes and pyjamas under the transparent ghagra. This was the early stages of the anarkali suits of our modern time.
With the onset of the Victorian Era, Indian women stuck to the traditional saree, salwar kameez and ghagra-choli. Indian clothing has changed a lot down the years. Today, everything is easily accessible, especially the designs and variations of lehengas, salwar suits and sarees online.
The infographic below is an illustration of the same. Let’s have a look.
Rajat Garg is the Founder of Shimply, one of India’s fastest growing multi-category online bazaar for Indian made products He earned his M.S in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, San Francisco and then went on to join Amazon as a part of the Affiliate Marketing Team. By the time that Rajat left Amazon, he was well-equipped with Scalable and less-known Digital Marketing methods and he moved on to work with a startup in the U.S, after which he moved to India to start SocialAppsHQ and then, Shimply with the motto, ‘India Ko Try Karke Dekho’ changing the way people shop online and offline.