Traditional Costumes Used in Vedic Period

The Vedic period is a significant period in Indian history. There are many cultures in the ancient time because of which the history of the world is divided into different eras. Eras are divided into BC and AD. BC is the time before Christ’s birth and AD is the time after his death. The most popular era in Indian religion was Vedic era. The Vedic era is between 1500BC to 500 BC. This era is referred as Vedic because during that time the Vedas were written. The Vedas is a holy book of Hindus which teaches the knowledge of life.

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Vedic Dress

This era is called Vedic period in Indian subcontinent only. The Harrapan period is said to happen in the same era. The Vedic era is also divided into ancient and modern Vedic periods. The Vedic era is the period when many inventions like weaving and making clothes were made. Aryans settled in the Indus valley called as Sapta Sindhu. In the Vedic era, the Aryan started the civilization in Indus valley and then it spreaded all over the world. In this period the four Vedas were written which is later on named as Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.

 

Costumes for Women in Vedic Period 
In Vedic period people stitched their own clothes. One of the famous cloth of women’s were ”Sari”. Sari is the famous traditional cloth wear by Indian women even today. In modern days many advancements in the design of Sari has been developed. During initial period the draping of sari was very simple. The most common procedure is to wrap one end around the waist and the other over the shoulder covering the thorax part. Earlier women used to wear ”blouse” and ”choli”, later these clothes were included with of sari. During Vedic period some women also used to wear ”Dupatta” which is a small form of Sari. Ghagra is another costume preferred during that time which is very famous in Western India. Ghagra is a long skirt which wears with blouse and Dupatta.

Costumes for Men in Vedic Period 
During Vedic period men used to wear nothing on the upper body and used to wear ”Dhotis” (Similar to Dupatta but with long length) in the lower part. Dhotis are draped around the waist with partitions made by making many folds. Men also preferred to wear ”Kurta” and ”Pajama” which is the uniform of Brahman. Kurta is thin long shirt generally made of pure cotton worn on the upper body and Pajama is like trouser but thin, worn on the lower body.

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