Indian Dhoti Kurta

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The Dhoti Kurta is one of the most traditional of all dresses for men in India. If you ever
see photographs of Indian men before, during and soon-after the independence era, you
will find many of them wearing the Dhoti Kurta dress teemed with a kurta. Earlier the
Dhoti Kurta used to be a casual daily wear of the Indian men. But with modernization of
our society, it steadily relegated to being just formal clothing in India, though there are
still people especially in the rural belts for whom Dhoti Kurta is the regular clothing

The Dhoti Kurta is a long rectangular piece of unstitched cloth about five yards long,
wrapped about the waist and the legs and knotted at the waist. It is known by different
names like Laacha in Punjabi, Mundu in Malayalam, Dhuti in Bangla, Veshti in Tamil,
Pancha in Telugu, Dhotar in Marathi and Panche in Kannada. In north India, the Dhoti
Kurta is worn in combination with a kurta top, which a long loose fitting shirt. The Dhoti
kurta dress is called dhuti punjabi in east India. This Dhoti Kurta dress is different from a
lungi as the cloth of the latter is stitched to form a circle.

Silk Embroidered Dhoti Kurta               Pristine white Dhoti Kurta

The Dhoti Kurta dress may have lost its popularity in modern day India, but it is still
worn with a lot of dignity by the many prominent senior citizens, politicians, musicians,
dancers and others. Apart from being worn on all important government and family
occasions, the Dhoti Kurta is also allowed to be donned in post upscale clubs, which
normally stipulate very stern dress code for guests. The one prominent Indian citizen who
gets all credit for popularizing this attire across the globe is Mahatma Gandhi.

There are various styles of wearing the Indian Dhoti Kurta. For example, the Bengali men
usually make pleats in their Dhoti Kurta. In south India, the Dhoti Kurta wearers added
the angavastram to their attire, which is an extra piece of unstitched cloth kept on the
shoulders. For convenience purpose, many south Indian men fold their Dhoti Kurta in
half and tuck it at the waist so that it reaches only till the knees. In certain Indian
communities in Rajasthan, wearing the Dhoti-kurta is mandatory.

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