Colours, fabrics and garments sometimes behave like synonyms. These three components are equally important and nonetheless effective when it comes to our outfits. We might think ourselves the most modern ones but ancient Indian was also much passionate about dressing. In today’s blog I’m going to share some interesting facts about ancient Indian dressings.
Ayurveda tells a lot about ancient dresses. I have already shared a blog on WHAT AYURVEDA SAYS ABOUT CHOOSING DRESS & MAINTAIN HYGIENE (you can check out that). Ayurveda definitely says us to dress well. Fine classic weaves have clean lines which soothe eyes. Natural dyes were always a part of dressing. The colours were often used, using dyes made from plants, fruits, vegetables and minerals to instill colours that enhance the desired mood. Isn’t that an absolute ‘designer element’.
Gems and metals were also played an essential role. Gems and metals were sewn onto the clothes, not only for gracing themselves but also for protection from invading knives and possible wounds of war and enhance the body’s metal touches the body. Gold was known to enhance immunity, so gold threads were sewn to the borders of saris where they might touch arms, chest, back and feet. Silver was known to cool inflammation. So silver threads were weaved to the borders of sleeves and necklines as well. Copper was also dominating the ancient fashion. Copper was known to be antiseptic, so copper alloy threads were used for outside protective clothing during war. Sometimes gems were also attached with metallic threads to get combined effects while touching the body, especially where blouses and scarves touched blood vessel points.
Ancient India was quite modern when it comes to dressing. They were modern, knew their body and the science of clothing. All we need is to learn our culture and heritage. What say?
Photographs courtesy: Swarnendu Ghosh
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