Indian Clothing – Shalwar Kameez or Salwar Kameez, Saree & Choli
Western culture is developing a grand love affair with the distinctive fashion style that is India. Along with Indian music and spirituality, Indian Clothing is having a huge impact on the mainstream identities of western style and culture.
The latest designer shows from Armani, Fendi, and Miyake all draw on elements from the exotic Indian culture. In Paris Dries Van Noten, one of the new fashion leaders and member of the so-called Belgian Four, presented a collection of layered chiffon wraps, dresses, saree, and kurta look-alikes. The color palette these western designers are drawing from is as vibrant as a Rajasthan desert at sundown, using rich golds, reds, and greens.
Indian designers like Sunita Shankar, Vandanna Roy, Ritu Beri, Monisha Jaising, Ravi Bajaj and Krishna Mehta are leading the way in redefining Indian fashion. Rohit Bal presented his latest collection, Sanskrit, at a New York benefit gala organized by Children’s Hope, and stunned the audience with exquisite embroidery, beadwork, and tie-dye fashions with a decidedly Indian flair.
Many U.S. design companies are taking Indian fashion and transforming it for western audiences. Silk Threads in Dallas, TX is a premier provider of dresses based on Indian design.
The saree is an extremely versatile garment. It simply consists of a single, rectangular piece of material, five to six yards in length, accommodating any size. The style, color, and texture of this material vary according to region and caste. Different draping styles convey the status, age, occupation, region, and/or religion of the wearer.