Un-Veiling Fashions and Attires: Diffusion of Dress Culture in Kerala, Its Health and Ecological Dimensions
3 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2019
Date Written: May 03, 2019
The diffusion of dress culture is largely a one-way trend. One of the earliest such one-way adoption of a dress in India is the pants. The pants became an official dress of the men influenced by the colonial rule although it was resisted by the anti-colonial struggle. In India, after the first round of inter-country one-way adoption of attires, the intra-country diffusion is the trend within the past two decades mainly with respect to women’s dresses. In recent times, the new dress culture has a religious dimension. The role of religious assertions and whether the current trends in the diffusion and adoption of new dress cultures is a reflection of a fragmented society need to be examined empirically. Class or caste is not a major issue as far the current diffusion is concerned at least in the case of Kerala. Additional dimensions such as ecology and health also are important factors to be explored regarding the current dress culture diffusion in this ‘lungi state’.
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