Every country has a tradition that needs to be passed on from one generation to another. Be it in terms of language, cultural values, traditional practices, food, drinks, or traditional ethnic wear. All of these things play a significant role in telling the tales of our ancestors and how our culture came into being.
It is essential to hold on to our cultural and traditional values and indulge in them from time to time to ensure that the traditions and cultural heritage are kept alive.
When it comes to attires and ethnic wear, it is a form of cultural significance to most countries as it evolves from their practices and their region. Each attire has significance as to how it came into being and why. Ethnic wear is a branch of traditional attire which is worn with cultural significance in functions such as weddings, engagements, and other traditional get-togethers.
Indian Ethnic Wear
As time and fashion evolved, so did ethnic wear that is worn in our country. India is a land of rich heritage and cultural values. There are many different kinds of traditional outfits and attires that are worn ethnically across the regions.
Each of these attires holds a different value in terms of the cultural influence and practices in that area. For example, the sarees that evolved in Tamil Nadu are made from silk for special occasions with heavy zari work and have a strong influence on temple designs and patterns.
The salwar suits made in Punjab have bright colors that depict the mustard plantations in the area with floral prints mostly dyed with organic colors and dyes. The pants are wider with solid colors that depict the farming costume that men and women traditionally wore for generations.
The Mughal influence can be seen in the Anarkali Suits that are made famous everywhere and are designed for brides and bridesmaids. This type of costume has heavy work of embroidery and many different kinds of fabric that adds elegance and class to the entire ensemble.
The top portion is embellished with heavy work depicting the attires the Mughal queens used to wear to display their elegance and beauty.
Latest Ethnic Wear Varieties
1. Silk Sarees
Silk sarees are unique to India and their significance in our culture is indispensable. Silk sarees are made from pure mulberry silks in the southern and eastern region, which is the purest form of silk. Most of these sarees are adorned with golden and silver thread work that makes the zari for the saree. The patterns and designs on these sarees can vary from one region to another such as temple designs in the south, geometric patterns in the north, oriental designs in the east, etc. Sporting a silk saree is a major trend in the industry as more and more young adults are embracing the rich culture and heritage of India
2. Salwar Suit Sets
Salwar suit sets are the most practical ethnic wear in India and can vary in price and elegance based on the work in them. It can be made from various fabrics based on the wearer’s requirements and can range from bridal to workwear with the placement of design and handwork on them.
3. Lehenga Sets
Lehanga is the most worn bridal outfit in traditional weddings in Northern India. It is made with heavy work and exquisite fabric combining silk, cotton, linen, etc. They are the most trending ethnic wear and have captured more than just Indian women as a market.