History -Clothing

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Transformation in Colonial India
Clothing
History
Social Science

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  • When western-style clothing came into India in the nineteenth century,Indians reacted in three different ways:One. Many, especially men, began incorporating some elements ofwestern-style clothing in their dress. The wealthy Parsis of westernIndia were among the first to adapt Western-style clothing. Baggytrousers and the phenta (or hat) were added to long collarless coats,with boots and a walking stick to complete the look of the gentleman.To some, Western clothes were a sign of modernity and progress.
  • History -Clothing

    1. 1. Social Science History Charmi Doshi 9A
    2. 2. Clothing
    3. 3. During the colonial period there were significant changes in male and female clothing in India. This was a consequence of the influence of Western dress forms and missionary activity. It was also due to the effort by Indians to fashion clothing styles that embodied an indigenous tradition and culture. Cloth and clothing infact became very important symbols of the national movement.
    4. 4. Many, especially men, began incorporating some elements of western-style clothing in their dress. The wealthy Parsis of western India were among the first to adapt Western-style clothing.
    5. 5. Baggy trousers and the phenta (or hat) were added to long collarless coats, with boots and a walking stick to complete the look of the gentleman. To some, Western clothes were a sign of modernity and progress.
    6. 6. Western-style clothing was also especially attractive to groups of dalit converts to Christianity who now found it liberating. Here too, it was men rather than women who affected the new dress styles.

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