Indian Dress

Nov 23rd, 2007, 07:59 PM
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Hi Wj1,

Sorry about my pictures being offline. PhotoSite went out of business (Arrghhh) and I haven't had the energy to put them all up on another site. I have also had problems finding a site as good as Photosite. However, I am heading off for three weeks in SE Asia next month with my brand new Nikon SLR, so I will be motivated to get all my photos up again.

Hi Girlspytravel: OK, clothes talk. I have bought both cotton tunics and one poly Salwar from EShakti. However, I only wore the Salwar top and scarf/shawl over my own pants, and I only wore it when I felt like dressing. I never wore it while sight seeing. I found the whole outfit not to my liking. The poly top was fine when I was there in the winter. It would not have worked in warmer weather when only cotton will do.

The latest things I have bought from for my upcoming trip to SE Asia are three embroidered tunic tops. Here is a picture of one and it is just wonderful: I have similar ones in white and a slightly longer one in black for dinner. The embroidery is exquisite and I talk to the folks in Chennai if I need it rushed. They do run small however, and you should buy one size larger than normal or send them your exact measurements--same price either way.

I also have a NEW and wonderful Indian clothing find. There is an online store called Aimcraft A lot of their stuff is pretty hokey looking, but their skirts are fabulous! I bought a skirt similar to this one (they are all one of a kind): OMG, you cannot believe the compliments I get on it. I wore it to dinner in Boston with a black Tee shirt and could hardly get out of the restaurant I had so many people asking me where I had bought it. It is a wrap skirt which I was a bit worried about as I normally don't like wraps, but it has such a generous wrap there is no issue. I am taking that skirt and one similar to this one: with me to of them to SE Asia in two weeks. I ordered these skirts on a Sunday night from India and it was at my house on Weds of that week!! The skirts were $24 and with postage etc, it was still under $40 each.

One caution: The second skirt above has an elastic waist. The site says it fits 27-44 inch waists. That is *such* a lie. If you have over a 28 inch waist you will be asphyxiated. However, I sent it to my cleaners and added couple inches of elastic when the skirt arrived. It only cost $12 and i love the skirt--it is still a great bargain.

I don't try to look like a native when I am traveling. I attempt to look "international", ie, comfortable, relaxed and slightly chic
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Nov 24th, 2007, 08:55 AM
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Thanks for all your great info. One more question: Is there a problem with wearing black in India? One of the guide books said no black clothes for temples.

Marija is offline  
Nov 24th, 2007, 10:15 AM
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I wore a black linen top a lot in India--in and out of temples. I have never heard of not wearing black in a temple.
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Nov 24th, 2007, 11:00 AM
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Marija- BostonHarbor is one of those gorgeous women who would look chic even in a fireman's suit...

I, on the other hand, would look frumpy in Prada but I would definitely trust Bostonharbor's clothing advice!
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Nov 25th, 2007, 05:14 AM
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Online, and are also good - look at silk and cotton salwar-kameezes.

I think both of these, and E-shakti as well, will customize your order, so that for most selections you have many choices of klenght, fit, sleeve type, neckline, etc.

I recommend you familiarize yourself with what a churidar is, as I think it is often more appealing to the western woman than the salwar.

Churidar are very long trousers that are tight-fitting at the ankles, with many gathers - the line is more like leggings than the salwar's baggy line. I always order these clothes with churidar and not salwar.
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Nov 25th, 2007, 02:41 PM
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Those skirts are gorgeous! Personally, I like wrap-arounds - they fit no matter what (though the more you gain the more they reveal!). Beautiful tunic too!
Great idea to get one or 2 items before you go - you can always get more there.
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Nov 26th, 2007, 05:04 PM
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some Jain temples are strict about no black, no leather, etc, others are not. We didnt see the "black" prohibition at hindu temples.
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