Sunday, April 26, 2009

One size fits all clothing: Lungi, Dhoti, Sari.

Dhoti: A dhoti is a long (7 meters, over 20 feet) piece of material that is wrapped around the body to form pants, shirt and cape. This is the Hindi word, but similar garments are worn (for all occasions) through Africa and southern Asia.

Lungi: A lungi is a shorter (2 meters, about 6 feet) of material, that may or may not be sewn into a tube, that is worn wrapped around the waist to form a skirt. Again this is the Hindi word. The more popular term is Malaysian: sarong.

Sari: A sari is a woman's dhoti, usual made of fancier and embellished material. It might be as long as 9 meters (almost 30 feet) and is usually worn with a shirt and sometime a petticoat, both for modesty's sake.
I couldn't even see the pavement - a shouting, laughing, chanting mass of young women in brilliant saris, their faces painted yellow with tumeric powder; men in jeans, suits, lungis, or dhotis...

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