24 November, 2010- We have seen significant
impact of Westernization on Indian Clothing. Indian women of all ages have
turned to Western garments like jeans, skirts, tops, T-shirts, suits and
there has been growing preference of such clothing over traditional clothing
like sarees, salwar suits and lehenga cholis. Even then, we still a certain
section of the population that prefers to follow the traditional Indian
clothing. As such in the fashion market today, we see a beautiful
amalgamation of Indian and Western clothing, which is popularly referred as
"Indo-Western" garments or "Indo-Western fusion"
garments or Indian Fusion Outfits.
Indo Western Blend
the unique designs available in such dresses with an ethnic Indian touch has
gained popularity in the Western market as more and more people globally has
accepted this form of clothing. The fusion outfits have become the in
thing today and are becoming the choice of apparel at formal and
informal occasions. There are several fashion designers who have come up
with beautiful Indo-Western fusion garments. These garments have become all
the more popular as we have seen fashion models, film stars, and other
celebrities wearing them in various social gatherings and red carpet events.
The basic concept of fusion outfit is a combination of Western-style
patterns and Indian designs. For instance, the simple traditional salwar
suits can be given a western touch by changes in the sleeves and neck
designs, or a decorative stole used as an accessory for added effect. Again
in western dresses like a top or blouse or a skirt, Indian embroidery styles
from different parts of India like Phulkari from Punjab, Kantha stitch from
Bengal, Chikankari from Lucknow or mirror work from Rajasthan can be seen.
Sometimes, more elaborate embroidery styles like Meenakari, Resham, Kundan,
Zardozi work are also used. Denim jackets and pants are given an Indian
touch with embroidery and other embellishments on them.
worn with denim pants or trousers, have become very popular among the young
crowd. Another popular fusion outfit is a kurti paired with a straight-cut
pant-style salwar and a dupatta. Nowadays, innovative styles bringing in the
fusion is seen in short dupattas, pants with slits and spaghetti-style tops.
Short shirts are worn with patiala style salwars.
Indo Western Salwar Suits
has shown a fusion in terms of
the materials used or in design patterns. Saree blouses are becoming more
and more Westernised in pattern. There are pre-stitched saree to give a
figure hugging look. Sarees are being draped in the Grecian style. Instead
of traditional cholis, Lehengas
are worn with
halter tops or strapless tops. The lehengas are more or less given the shape
of evening gowns.
Indian Fusion Outfits
amalgamation is also seen in accessories, especially in case of jewelery.
Usually, a light Western touch is added to traditional ethnic jewelery, so
that it complements with fusion wear.
One of the main reasons why Indo-Western fusion fashion has become so
popular in India as well as in other countries is that they have a trendy
and elegant appearance. There is this ethnic touch, perfect blending from
both Indian and Western cultures, making them suitable for wearing at all
kinds of occasions. Such outfits are suitable for wear by almost all age
groups, and is all the rage among the youngsters. Indo-Western fusion
outfits are available in different styles. The daring ones to the modest
ones: you just need to make your choice. Fusion outfit is also more
comfortable to wear, as against the traditional Indian dresses, which is why
it is being largely preferred by the professional women.