A Dhoti is an
unstitched garment or a large fabric, measuring about 5 yards in length, that
is wrapped by men around their waist and legs. In Vedic civilization, wearing Dhoti was a part of their
everyday attire. However, modern civilization has changed the clothing styles
and preferences of Indian men and women. Indians have now imbibed the western
culture. That being said, one cannot ignore the fact that some sections of men
can still be seen wearing dhotis such as the farmers of Uttar Pradesh and
Bihar, some secular politicians, the pujaris or priests in Hindu temples, and some
traditional martial artists. It is undoubtedly the emblem of the unmatched
Indian culture. Dhoti is called by different names in different places such as
‘Mundu’ in Kerala, ‘Laacha’ in Punjab, ‘Mardaani’ in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar,
‘Veshti’ in Tamil Nadu, ‘Dhotar’ in Maharashtra, etc.
Dhoti and Veshti Ready To WearSet With Broad Woven Golden Border
Tying a perfect dhoti
is not a difficult task and can be wrapped in various ways. If you want to
experience the comfortable drape of the dhoti, you need to know how to wear the
dhoti in the simplest way, the steps of which are mentioned below:
Take a long piece of
unstitched cloth of your choice. Make sure it is clean and does not have any
wrinkles on it. Bring the cloth from the back to the front on the waist so that
there is the same length of the cloth on either side of your body.
Measuring on both
your index fingers, tie two knots near the navel. The knots should neither be
too tight nor too loose on your waist. Now the cloth is divided into two
sections; left and right.
Take the left section
from between your legs. Make a series of structured and aligned folds between
both the loose ends, and tuck it at the back. Remember, it is the way the folds
have been set that makes the dhoti look elegant.
Now that the left
section is set, it is time to work on the right section of the cloth. You have
to make similar pleats on this side too and make sure that they remain intact.
Now tuck it at the waist.
cotton fabric of the dhoti is available in various colors having a stripe of a
colorful border making it appear rich and sophisticated. This clothing is
suited especially for the summer season. A lot of innovations have been made to
the Dhoti, one of them being its availability in silk fabric also. The silk
varieties are worn on special occasions and marriage ceremonies, while the
cotton varieties are worn as daily wear. The Indian dhoti is not only extremely
comfortable for men but also adds an element of dignity and manliness to their
personalities. The way of styling the Indian dhoti differs from place to place
and has indeed evolved a lot due to global influence.
· In the South Indian states men either fold their dhoti into half and
tuck it at the waist reaching only to their knees which is mostly worn on
informal occasions, or a full-length dhoti which is mostly plain white bearing
a golden border. They wear it with an unstitched piece of cloth known as
“Angavastram” draped over their shoulders. Some men wear the dhoti along with a
shirt which they call a “Chokka”.
Vrindawan Dhoti and Angavastram Set with Woven Golden Zari Border
Plain Wedding Dhoti Kurta with Embroidery on Neck
· Traditional men of West Bengal wear a Dhoti made of Tussar or Silk along
with a Kurta on the festivity celebrations of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja.
Ready to Wear Plain Silk Dhoti
· The Gaudiya Vaishnavas or the devotees of the worldwide-known Hare Krishna Movement have
positively adopted the Vedic culture of wearing Dhoti as their everyday attire.
The Brahmacharis wear saffron colored dhoti along with saffron Kurta while the
Grihastha men wear white colored dhoti along with white Kurta. Some unmarried
boys pair their dhoti with a simple T-shirt or collared shirt making it look
more like a fashionable garment. The youth of this movement inspires others to
reconnect with the rich tradition and culture of Bharat due to which wearing a
dhoti has gained a lot of popularity.
Papyrus Plain Dhoti and Angavastram Set from ISKCON Vrindavan by Bliss
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