What was fashion like during the Indus Civilisation ?
CONTENT 1. Ornaments 2. Carnelian Beads 3. Microbeads 4. Fashion of Early Harappan Females 5. Fashion of Early Harappan Males 6. Credits
ORNAMENTS The people in the Indus Civilisation owned headbands, earrings, necklaces, pendants and bangles. They are made of different kinds of materials such as - semiprecious stones, steatite, faience, shell, terracotta, copper and sometimes gold. According to Professor J. M. Kenoyer, ornaments may have been visible symbols of status or rank indicated in part by the material used. Who owned this things? The people in the Indus Civilisation who have the authority to wear them.
CARNELIAN BEADS Carnelian beads were found as far as Arabian Gulf and Mesopotamia. They were the specialty of the Indus Civilisation. For long carnelian beads, they can be as long as 12 centimetres. One such collection of beads and other objects from several periods was found in a small pot inside a room at Harappa dating to circa 1800 B.C. This collection represent the effort of someone to collect beads that had been lost during earlier periods or passed down by previous generations. Why are they found in small pots? They are found in small pots because it may be valuable and small so, to avoid thefts they kept it in a small pot where it will attract less attention.
MICROBEADS This ornament was made of steatite microbeads, and each measurement is only one millimetre in diameter. It was served as a hair decoration when it was found on the head of the male buried in the cemetery at Harappa. What is micro beads? They are tiny seed beads which are around 100 years old. They are about 2 to 4 grams each.
FASHION OF EARLY HARAPPAN FEMALE The figurine at the right shows us that the early Harappan females wore checkered skirts. The hair is bound at the back of the head into a tiered hairstyle. For the figurine at the left ,was found during the peak of the Indus Civilsation or the Harappan Period 3, the most common for female was the belt and short skirts usually situated on the hips. One of the most commonly depicted Indus headdresses was the fan-shaped headdresses. Why their headdresses are in fan-shaped? It represents high rank and authority.
FASHION OF EARLY HARAPPAN MALE Male figurines have a variety of hairstyles. Both male and female have their hair swept around the top of the head, to the side or to the front. Some males also wear a sort of “torque” choker made of two strands with a slight pinched protection at the throat. *torque (collar, necklace, or similar ornament consisting of a twisted narrow band, usually of precious metal)