Un-Veiling Fashions and Attires: Diffusion of Dress Culture in Kerala, Its Health and Ecological Dimensions

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K Rajasekharan Nayar

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation

Date Written: May 03, 2019

Abstract

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’.

Suggested Citation

Nayar, K Rajasekharan, Un-Veiling Fashions and Attires: Diffusion of Dress Culture in Kerala, Its Health and Ecological Dimensions (May 03, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3389696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3389696

K Rajasekharan Nayar (Contact Author)

Global Institute of Public Health and Santhigiri Research Foundation ( email )

Global Institute of Public Health, Ananthapuri Hos
Thiruvananthapuram, 695024
India

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