Traditional Indian dress is well known for its bright colours and intricate detailing. There is, however, far more to the clothing than many people know. The symbolism and history behind this historical dress is prominent throughout the country and the colours of the garments can indicate geographical regions, celebrations, festivals etc.
Historically, this style of dress can be dated back to around the 5th century BC, since when the cotton and silk industries in India have grown significantly.
Garments can be indicative or celebrations too. For example, in England, white is known to be the colour of marriage, hence why it is worn by the bride at weddings. In India, where Hinduism is the prominent religion, red is worn at weddings whilst white is worn to indicate mourning.
Regionally, the northern and eastern women wear sarees or Ghagra charis (lehanga and suits) whilst in the south, Indian women tend to wear sarees whilst the children wear what is known as pattu langa. The clothing can also be indicative of wealth, with those made of silk considered the finest.0