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India’s Fashion: Unraveling Over Time

Mei-Ling K & Aamna S

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Conflict Between Traditional vs. Westernized Clothing

 

     The clothing of traditional Indian society shows the culture and principles of the diverse people. The hot weather and importance of religion has influenced the unique dressing of Indians for many years. In recent times there have been a few changes to the way people now dress. The traditional Indian sari, for example, is now threatened to be replaced by more Western influenced clothing. In Indian society, women wore sari which were modest and covered most of their bodies, but now the women are starting to wear shorter dresses and other Western influenced clothing. Although traditional clothing has not been replaced it is not as valued as the older generations’ feel it should be. The traditional clothing for Indian women is the sari and the traditional clothing for men is a kurta. Although traditional clothing is worn on celebration and big events, like weddings, it is slowly losing its place in everyday modern Indian society. The new changes in Bollywood are also having an impact on clothing in Indian because they are mostly wearing Western styled clothing.  With the Indian culture being ancient and unique many of the older generation Indian feel uncomfortable that the newer generations are looking beyond their native culture. The simple traditional Indian clothing is also being threatened with many Western clothing companies are open stores in India encouraging young Indians to dress like them. After the liberation of the Indian economy many Western stores have moved to India for business. The fight between the ancient culture and the modern forever changing culture will always be in conflict. 


 

Watching Changes as it Happens

 

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Traditional vs. Modern Discussion

 

Trendy Traditional: Hey why do you want to change me?

 

Molly Modern: For many reasons Trendy……..First off you’re not trendy, compared to me.

 

Trendy Traditional: Well that isn’t very nice! You know I’ve been around for hundreds of years and you; you have only been in for the last decade!

 

Molly Modern: I understand your point, but you can’t stop people from wanting better and more fashionable things. Everyone wants to look the best so right now the traditional clothing is taking a back seat.

 

Trendy Traditional: Yes, I do understand Molly, but I’m afraid that the tradition, being me, will never die out; the culture here in India is too strong to let go.

 

Molly Modern: True, but westernized clothing will still prevail in the long run.

 

Trendy Traditional: I highly doubt that could happen…..there will always be true followers.

 

Molly Modern: I know, but you have to look at the fact of which kind of clothing is more practical and easier to make. People will want their clothes to be well made and sold for a cheap price to buy.

 

Trendy Traditional: So what. At least I know that the traditional clothes are made with more care than westernized clothes.

 

Molly Modern: How do you know that? You have no idea how or where I was made.

 

Trendy Traditional: I’m tired of this argument, what happens in the future will happen in the future. We have no control on what can happen; we can just make assumptions on what could happen.

 

Molly Modern: I can agree with you on that point. I have to go the shipping station, headed from China to India to be sold.

 

Trendy Traditional: Okay, maybe I will see you in India soon.


 

Work Cited

 

Bean, Susan S. "The fabric of independence." Parabola 19.3 (1994): 29+. General OneFile. Web. 13May. 2011. 

 

Sekhar, Uday. "Apparel retailing in India: Opportunities for foreign firms." Textile Outlook International 111 (2004): 13+. General OneFile. Web. 13 May 2011.

 

"Short cut to style; Is the short dress the latest staple in Indian fashion? After Hrs looks around..." DNA [Daily News & Analysis] 1 Mar. 2010. General OneFile. Web. 13 May 2011.

 

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