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Indian Attire Through the Centuries

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Tribal Woman in a Old-fashioned Bordered Saree
Harvest Festivities
The Turayi Headgear of a Halakki Tribal

Costume of a Cymbals Player
Costumes of Indi

The Man in Pink

A Sufi Mystic
Colorful turban of a Sufi mystic. Bangalore, 2000
Sufi Mystic

Marwadi's Marvelous Turban

Man in Yellow Turban (Peta)

Rumal of a Farmer in Karnataka

The worn out cap of a homeless man
Ancient Fashions of India
Wealthy Man's Elongated Cap with Studded Emeralds

Woman in Her Vanity Putting on a Saree
Notice the pleats held in her right hand
Old Time Saree Fashions
Old Time Saree Fashions
A Style of the Saree Worn Below Navel
Illustration Based on Medieval Sculpture

A Fashionable Style of Saree
Illustration based on a 12th century sculpture, Badami
Mini Sari with a Belt
Costumes of India
A Costume of India
Rajasthani Ghagra and Choli and Odhni

Illustration Showing Wrapping Pattern of a Saree
Notice all the bare parts are decorated with henna or other body painting
Sarees in Lepakshi Paintings
Outstanding Inidans
Malaviya from an old picture card.

Quilted Hat of a Vijayanagar Nobleman
From a 14th Century Painting
Quilted Kulavi of Medieval Times
Man Waring Khadi
Man in Gandhi Topi
Wearing handspun cotton (khadi) clothes become popular during India's freedom struggle

Women in Sarees
Painting by Raja Ravi Varma
Indian Women in Sarees
Outfit of a Nobleman
A Nobleman depcited in Kavi Art
Notice his Western outfit including coat, vest, and shorts

Beggar with Drums Outside a Temple
Travelling beggar with everything he has (includes drums and bells). Budubuduke player, Goa, 1986
Attire of a Professional Beggar
Saree as a Skirt
How to Build Houses While Wearing a Sari
Construction Workers, Goa

Saree is worn by young and the old alike
Three generations of women walk in same attire, Bangalore
The  Indian Attire
Pallu Designs
The Throw of a Saree

The Saree as Cradle
A working mother nurtures infant at work (road construction) by using the saree as a cradle
Attire of a Rural Man
Picture of a Villager
This type of attire where only long shirts and no trousers were worn was quite common in rural Karnataka

Shepherd Boy with a Woolen Hood
Costume of a courtier
Member of the Mysore Palace Staff
Costume of a courtier in Mysore palace, 18th century

Colorful Attire of a Rajasthani Man
Colorful Rajasthan
Costumes of India
Chudidars Hung for Sale
Ready-to-wear costumes for sale in a Bangalore shop, Year 2002

There's No Such Thing as a Maternity Saree
Because the saree is unstitched piece of cloth, no special clothes are required during pregnancy
Pregnant Indian Woman in Sari
Noblemen Gathered for Dasara
Attire of Noblemen of Mysore
Detail from a wall painting in Mysore palace, Mysore. Early 20th Century

Man in Red Turban
Turban Varieties
Rajasthani Pagari Turban
Happy Villager from Rajasthan, India

Elder in Traditional Indian Attire
Man in chappal footwear, dhoti, kurta, and topi
Indian Attire for Men
Indian Wrap of Lungi
Ancient Lungi ?
Detail from a medieval sculpture in Karnataka

Nobleman of Mysore with Family
Notice the period attire, 19th century
19th Century Constumes
Saree Varieties
Yet Another Variety of Wearing the Saree
Notice how the sari has no throw (pallu) and the edge is fastened around the neck

The "Half-Saree"
The saree worn exposing the skirt was once a fashion
The Half-Sari
Uniform of a Military Officer
Military Attire of Jamadar Muddu Krishna Singh
Detail from a lithograph. Colored by K.L.Kamat

Ancient Costumes of India
Sketches based on medieval sculptures by K.L. Kamat
Costumes of India
Traditional Lungis of India
Moulana Lungis
Moulana lungis are very popular with traditional Muslim men in India due to their patterns and superior cotton thread with whcih they are woven


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