Talk:Clothing in India

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Someone else fixed this up a bit and I decided to add my mite. Choli-lehenga-ordhani wasn't in the women's clothing list. I didn't do much with the male section, since I know little about men's clothing, other than what I see in Bollywood movies. Womens clothing I buy and sew. Zora 01:52, 5 November 2005 (UTC)

Image is not that of Sari[edit]

The text 'Saris are very prevalent in India' is not grammatically correct. Also, the image at present is not that of a woman/girl wearing sari. What she is wearing is basically a skirt, blouse and odhani like those worn by rajasthani women, lamans etc. But I dont know what it is called exactly. Can somebody change the text. --Kaveri 23:16, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Clothing In Mordern India[edit]

Can we add this topic to describe nowdays clothing .Please give your opnion.Padmaja kulkarni 17:15, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

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Swadeshi and Khadi Movement[edit]

Should the article contain information about the swadeshi movement, where the Indian people were asked to wear traditional dresses to protest against the British rule? We can have a section for that. But not sure, please suggest. -- Barkha talk 17:24, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Sounds like a good idea! The Swadeshi ideology did play a great role in the independence struggle, and even after independence. My mother once stated that kids in the 60s were given yarn spinning classes at school. Joyson Prabhu Holla at me! 14:51, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
Should come under history, I'm currently working on expanding the section upto the independence time, you can put it in under that. Écrivain (talk) 17:20, 5 July 2012 (UTC)

Mental note on history[edit]

I'm making a short followthrough of the points I intend to cover in history section, just so that I don't forget anything or go astray from the topic, I've covered

  • Vedic civilisation
  • ancient cotton industry
  • Harappan silk industry
  • predecessor to modern sari, the dhoti wrap.
  • account by Herodotus and Arrian
  • 1st century AD , Indo Greeks influence on Buddhism
  • Maurya/Gupta dynasty

To be covered( also potential sources):

  • Silk route and advent of sericulture in india  Done
  • dyes used in ancient times, indigo,safflower etc. and dying processes (pulaka bandha) Done
  • accounts by Xuanzang if any N Not done and not likely to be done
  • South Indian clothing eg:Mundum Neriyathum in Kerala Not sure
  • Weaving patterns  Done
  • Woollens (Kashmir shawls) Done
  • Mughal influence (eg: Paisley )  Done
  • Trade of textiles with Europe (Muslin, Calico, Chintz etc) Done
  • Swadeshi movement(rise of khadi) Done
  • Post Independence - growth of textile industry, problems faced etc. On hold until the Coyote catches the Roadrunner.

Further suggestions and comments are welcome :)

Écrivain (talk) 20:46, 6 July 2012 (UTC)

This is fantastic, Écrivain. Kudos to your efforts. BPositive (talk) 13:26, 7 July 2012 (UTC)
I could make this a whole new article if need be, I actually covered a glimmer in history with that section. :/ Écrivain (talk) 23:57, 13 July 2012 (UTC)


Whats the concept of half sari and full sari? -- Barkha talk 05:19, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

As per my knowledge, half saree is a special type of clothing which is a combination of both saree and lehenga. This is generally worn by young unmarried girls in South India. Look Langa oni. Amartyabag TALK2ME 12:15, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Content ideas[edit]

Here are few of the ideas regarding content:

  • Clothing accessories must be a separate section
  • A paragraph/sub-section must mention about the western influences. Fusion wear like wearing Jeans over kurta, adding a dupatta or scarves with Western clothes can be mentioned.
  • Sub-types/similar of clothing like, Sherwani/Punjabi (Bengali for men's kurta), pathani should be mentioned in a paragraph rather than having separate small sections.
  • More male clothing like Bandhgala/Jodhpuri must be included
  • Clothing from North Eastern states, like Bakhu, Mekhla must be included.
  • A section on undergarments must be included. Amartyabag TALK2ME 12:32, 8 July 2012 (UTC)
Under Women's clothing, we can have a sections like traditional clothing and western-fusion. Under traditional clothing we have sub-sections like saris, salwar kameez, etc and under western-fusion we have sub-sections like skirts, trousers, jeans, evening gowns etc. Similarly, we can have it for men's clothing. -- Barkha talk 14:56, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Corresponding Links on[edit]

I have noticed that Clothing in India is linked to both te:భారతీయ దుస్తులు(Indian Clothes) and te:ఆంధ్రుల దుస్తులు (Andhra Pradesh Clothes). In a wider sense, both of these articles are Indian Clothes. But the most appropriate one is te:భారతీయ దుస్తులు (Indian Clothes). Andhra Pradesh is only one of the south Indian states and te:ఆంధ్రుల దుస్తులు (Andhra Pradesh Clothes) refers to the clothing of this particular state. Since I am the creator of te:ఆంధ్రుల దుస్తులు (Andhra Pradesh Clothes) and added most of the text and pictures to te:భారతీయ దుస్తులు (Indian Clothes), I thought of bring this nuance to your kind attention. Please correct accordingly - (talk) 15:33, 6 May 2013 (UTC)

Is "mawali pheta" a hoax?[edit]

User:Coolgama recently added a bunch of terms to the Template:Clothing in South Asia, most of which were redlinks that I removed. However, after a reversion, I added the list to Template talk:Clothing in South Asia for discussion.

I kept three of the redlinks. Kolhapuri peta and Mundase passed quick verification checks but I have a strong suspicion that Mawali pheta might be a hoax, and have just removed it for that reason. The only references to such a turban/headgear seem to be from this page, and the reference cited is a dead link. I looked, and couldn't find anything about a Mawali turban, Mawali pheta, or Mawali peta beyond reprints of the Wikipedia page. Feedback and thoughts would be welcome here - it's not a field I know a lot about, but I find it extremely strange that a supposed "main type" of turban has nothing out there about it, unlike the kolhapuri peta and puneri pagadi. Feedback and thoughts would be useful. Mabalu (talk) 11:48, 3 July 2013 (UTC)

Actually this is not hoax. The term can be written as 'Mawali Pheta' or 'Mavali Pheta'. The similar word for this item is Mavali Pagadi which is available here on English wikipedia. Pheta is a term was typically used in 16th century in Maharashtra, India. There is some material I have found in Marathi language against that I would be creating article not only on this topic but also on similar topic. I hope, I have made this clear now. Coolgama (talk) 14:48, 3 July 2013 (UTC)
I just had a search for the alternative spelling "mavali pheta/peta" and had a resounding ZERO hits for either phrase/spelling, which does not look good. I do find "Mawali pagadi" as a term, but again, I am concerned about the low number of sources, and apparently barely anything published. The problem is that there are many alternative spellings, but to find barely anything for ANY of the spellings is not a good sign. If it cannot even be proved that something exists, that's a big problem. Mabalu (talk) 14:25, 4 July 2013 (UTC)


It would be interesting to have some mention of which body parts it is taboo to expose in various social contexts (e.g. walking down the street) to give international readers some comparison to other cultures. For example, exposed legs and arms are acceptable for women in Western countries but not Saudi Arabia. Where does India fall on this spectrum? -- Beland (talk) 22:11, 1 September 2013 (UTC)

Picture edits, December 2015[edit]

I have just carried out quite an extensive picture check/formatting overhaul on this article. Please let me know if you have any queries or concerns about any of the images I have substituted. This is not an area I am very knowledgable about. I tried to pick out pictures that matched the descriptions given in the text, focusing on whether clothing was well-depicted rather than whether or not the model/wearer was flashing flesh or looking particularly glamorous (per the blocked sock-puppet's previous focus). Mabalu (talk) 15:28, 14 December 2015 (UTC)

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