India is credibly the only country with the largest and most diverse mixture of races. A spell-binding country where people of unlike communities and religions live together in oneness. India is a very culturally diverse country. People speak hundreds of different languages (18 major languages, with English and Hindi as the official languages). But the beauty lies in the fact that despite all the differences, people live with full harmony and love depicting their varied cultures, traditions and dressing styles.
In a country as dissimilar and complex as India , it is not astonishing to find that people here depict the rich glories of the past, the culture, traditions and values proportional to geographic locations and the various distinctive manners, habits and food that will always continue to be purely Indian. According to our rich past, a country like India has been invaded by armies, traders and migrants who brought with them their own habits, faiths, practices and honourings which have all added to the rich feel of Indian life and living.
From the gigantic Himalayas to the naturalized land of south, from the arid deserts of the west to the oozy deltas of the east, from the dry heat and cold of the central Plateau to the cool forest hills, Indian lifestyles clearly exalt the topography of its region. The food, clothing and habits of an Indian differ in accordance to the place of origin.
Indian dressing is majorly influenced by the background and culture of the past. Indians are well-known for their dressing style and stylish apparels worn by men and women both. With the advancement in pace, and culture, Indian women have altered themselves to be more modernistic and hep. Earlier women used to wear traditional dresses and cover their heads with veil but with the advancement they have also grown mature and changed themselves according to time. The traditional Indian dress is the Sari which can be worn in many ways. Indian dresses consist of several beautiful designs, which are also worn by women of other national groups. The Salwar Kameej is the second most popular dress and is attaining popularity fast with the younger generation. Women also wear lehanga cholis etc.
However, men in villages are still more comfortable in traditional attire like kurtas, lungis, dhotis and pyjamas. Indian fashion includes a wide range of designs for women, men, and children. The men in cities wear shirts and pants and live in a modernized manner.
However the dressing style of Indians has been influenced by the western. Yet they are purely Indian from inside. They have some traditional values which cannot be surpassed by anyone. Now too, the surname of an Indian is based on his caste or place of origin or his family occupation. Men are still believed to be the head of a family and are referred for all decisions though they no longer continue to be a single earner. Parents are looked upon with respect and regard. The values they have inculcated in their children can de exhibited the way they show respect and love towards their parents. Children are financially supported by their parents throughout their education. Inspite of being so westernised Indians believe that some lines should never be crossed.