India is a country full of colors, variety of cultures, traditions, habits and needs. Men and Women in India are spread across the globe but whatever be the occasion they are proud to wear the soul of their country. Western trends have flooded the market but the traditional outfits have never stepped back.
Indian traditional clothing for women was saree since the very beginning; the proofs are the mythological stories and description. Further it also included lehnga choli for young girls. But adding kurta, pajama, duppatta in the clothing is inspired from the mughals. India remained under the rule of the mughals for 300+ years. Thus, initiated the cultural blend! Later, clothing was defined depending on the region and religion people follow. Meanwhile, patiyala suits was a common clothing among the females of Punjab, the wraparound drapes with decent blouse is the eastern clothing common among all religions and much more as per the region. But with migration for the sake of job transfers, people have adopted almost everything, also attires.
Early muslim households wore Gharara and Sharara in their routine chores while these are now left for special occasions only. Churidars have also become a valuable fashion these days among all age groups, whereas they were mere clothing for young females in the muslim homes. Churidars have so evolved that to ease the regular use market is flooded with the hosiery leggings. Today leggings can be bought of any color and size and women of every age find it easy to wear. Burqa and headscarf with naqaab (nose-piece) in black are distinguishing clothing of muslim women. But if the same long robe/gown is worn with scarf to cover face to avoid dirt, is considered different from the same. Girls might not have accepted burqa and hijab in their day to day life religiously but they do for the sake of personal interest i.e. to safeguard from dirt and pollution.
Wonder how we copy each other but still happen to stand different because what we wear has a thought behind it. Your torn jeans and my torn jeans may look similar but the thought behind may differ. Your might be a fashion while mine might be an accidental rugged look. Fashion is chosen as well as accepted as per comfort. Almost ankle length kurta with churidar or leggings or palazzo or ankle length trouser pants or jeans or lehnga are actually an adaptation to the black veil – burqa. Designers love to experiment with dresses from different backgrounds to make new attire. Looking back to 2014 grand wedding of the famous actor Dia Mirza, the famous designer took this experiment seriously to make Dia look fabulous and graceful. Dia Mirza wore a traditional Mughal bridal trousseau which was reminiscent of a bride from Hyderabad. Ritu Kumar designed Dia Mirza’s bridal dress, which consisted of a “Kurta”, two “Dupattas” and a “Farsi Pajama”. The combination of Golden kurta with emerald green dupatta was unique in its own way, embellished with pure zardosi work and jewelry to match her attire. The complete look was a mixture of UP, Hyderabad, the Mughals and the Nizams. Brides today pick from such articulated fashion garments or choose to get it stitched in order to look just the same.
The recent popular attire of Lenhnga matched with long kurta is nothing but again a mixture of two different clothing. Lehnga earlier was never topped with long kurta but always had short kurti or blouse with a draped dupatta. Bringing long kurta and lehnga/skirt together does not involve the use of draped dupatta.
Changes are part of daily life and trend is another name to a popular change. Fashion accepts change. In fact fashion is anything and everything you wear for your comfort. So blending styles, mixing fashion rules is all part of our day to day life. What we appreciate is how you carry your fashion to make your own style statement.
If you agree with our thoughts do share your experience on how Islamic clothing has affected your day to day life and how comfortable you feel to wear it.