Traditional Indian garments have a great fan following even in today’s world when many people love to adorn themselves in western outfits. One of the main reasons for this is that the traditional Indian clothes are made of very light fabrics that feel good next to skin and keep the wearer comfortable in the tropical climate of our country. Moreover, numerous styles have of traditional Indian clothing has evolved over the years, which give people a wide range of options when it comes to wearing these clothes. Both men and women in India love to wear these clothes as they have an endearing appeal.
The history of traditional Indian clothing goes a long back but those that are worn in the modern times have only evolved during the British era. Even today, most of the politicians love wearing these traditional Indian clothes when it comes to their day to day lives. The mainstay of these traditional clothes has always been khadi. The khadi is a fabric that has been widely used in India for a long time to make a versatile piece of clothing that is warm during the winter months and cold during the summer months.
During the British era, the manufacturing of khadi was used by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi as a sign of protest against the oppressive rule of the British forces. The British rulers used to obtain cotton from India at cheaper prices and then made clothes out of them from clothing mills in Britain. These clothes were brought back to our country and were sold at quite high prices. This enraged many people of that era and MK Gandhi started the khadi movement to promote self reliance in India and its villages. It also helped to boycott the foreign goods made by the British and was a chief element of Swadeshi Movement.
Over the years, the Khadi cloth and the garments made from them helped in developing a strong sense of nationality. Leading politicians of India preferred to wear clothes that were made out of these fabrics as it imbibed a strong sense of patriotism and self sufficiency. Most of the traditional Indian garments that were made out of this fabric came in colors such as white, cream, beige and other pastel shades. The color of white was particularly chosen as an unofficial hallmark for clothes that were worn by politicians in India. This is due to the fact that the color of white is universally accepted as the sign of purity. So when politicians used to wear white clothes that are made out of this fabric, they exuded an aura of purity, selflessness, sacrifice and goodness.
Apart from white, the traditional Indian clothes came in a number of other shades as well which were often worn with the white clothing items. These combinations came to be known as the standard for Indian politicians for all of these years. Over the time, new designs of clothes were added to the stack of existing ones which enhanced the dressing options of the politicians. While the popularity of khadi declined to some extent among the general population over the years, in the recent times there has been a strong surge of demand for these clothes even for non-politicians, thanks to some of the leading fashion designers and apparel houses of today.
With more number of brands coming forward to popularise the trend of traditional Indian clothing, one can say that their demand is only going to increase in the future. Traditional clothing in India also provides with an alternative for the general western clothing as they not only look great but also provide with much comfort.