Like other aspects of Indian culture, dress has religious as well as aesthetic significance. It demonstrates both elegance and simplicity, and can be produced by village workshops without the need for large factories. Many clothes, such as a lady’s sari and a man’s dhoti, are simply pieces of cloth and do not require tailoring. For women there is an emphasis on modesty rather than sexual allurement, and simple elegance, rather than fashion. Saris come in a whole range of regional styles, and are made from cotton, silk or nylon. There are different regional ways of wearing a sari, although the “nivi” style has become very popular recently.
- What significance does dress have for us? How does it affect or relate to our identity and self-worth?
- Does dress reflect a person’s nature, culture or values? Or do we feel that determining a person by his or her dress is being judgmental?