Indian clothing for men is colorful and loose flowing, and distinctly more masculine than Indian women's clothing. Indian clothing reflects the country's ethnic and cultural diversity, and there is a significant amount of variation possible for men's clothing in India, offering a myriad of choices depending on personal preference.
- The most traditional garment for Indian men is the dhoti. This is a large, rectangular piece of unstitched cloth that is wrapped around the legs, leaving the waist bare. The dhoti may be wrapped around the waist as well (this is how Gandhi used to wear it). A dhoti is traditionally a symbol of piety, as it is worn by many Hindu priests in temples. In modern times, the dhoti may be paired with a dress shirt, which infuses modern fashion with traditional Indian culture. In either case, a dhoti is a bold fashion statement for any man.
- The kurta is another popular Indian outfit for men, usually worn for formal events. This is a loose-fitting shirt that falls below the knees of the wearer, and is unisex (although the embroidery on the female varieties is much more elaborate). A kurta may be paired with any number of bottoms, including salwars (loose-fitting cotton pants tied by elastic), churidars (tight fitting pants that show the contours of the leg) or even plain jeans. Kurtas come in a variety of colors and patterns, and were an element of hippie fashion in the '60s and '70s. Kurtas are mainly decorated by embroidery, around the hems and collar.
- The kurta's less chic cousin is the salwar kameez. This is an article of clothing mainly worn by the Muslim population of India, and is in all essence the pairing of a kurta with a salwar. The salwar kameez is far more simple, however. There is a lack of any embroidery, and the entire outfit is single tone (usually muted earth tones). This is more of an everyday outfit for men.
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