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Traditional dresses of India

In many parts of India and South Asia, the sari is the traditional dress. It is basically a piece of clothing that is wrapped around the waist and the other end of the drape worn over the shoulder. The midriff is typically exposed.

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Colourful and made from different types of fabric such as cotton, chiffon and silk, the sari is elegant and beautiful. There are also many ways to drape it such as the Nivi, Bengali, Gujarati and Bengali styles to name a few.

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Variations of the traditional dress in India have been designed to keep up with the modern times. The most popular style though is the Nivi where one end of the drape is tucked in the waistband of a plain skirt.

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Variations of the traditional dress in India have been designed to keep up with the modern times. The most popular style though is the Nivi where one end of the drape is tucked in the waistband of a plain skirt.

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Vivid colours are used on bridal dresses with lots of embroidery. Ornaments include a headpiece as well as stunning jewellery from dangling earrings and tiara to bangles and chokers in gold or silver.

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Then there is the popular Shalwar kameez which is a two-piece outfit consisting of a pair of loose pajama-like trousers and a tunic which has long or short sleeves. Practical and comfortable, they are worn by both men and women all throughout the country.

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From Bollywood stars to housewives, the elegant sari is part of the Indian fashion scene. In particular, designer saris have intricate embroidery and have unique styles.

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From Bollywood stars to housewives, the elegant sari is part of the Indian fashion scene. In particular, designer saris have intricate embroidery and have unique styles.

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As India is a large country with diverse people and cultures, ethnic dresses also vary in each state. In this photo, two women are wearing the traditional clothing from the state of Jammu & Kashmir in the northern part of the country.

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Baring the midriff is not the only variation of the traditional dress in India. In this outfit, the back is open for a sexy look.

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Another version of the functional Shalwar kameez. Clean solid lines as well as a simple cut makes it the perfect outfit for a casual event for the Indian woman.

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The traditional dress is here to stay even if there are modifications and alterations to fit modern lifestyles. Would you like to get your hands on one of these beautiful outfits?

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The traditional dress is here to stay even if there are modifications and alterations to fit modern lifestyles. Would you like to get your hands on one of these beautiful outfits?

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