western women in indian clothes..

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just wondered about this, i have a shop near me that sells some realy beautiful garments and id love to wear one, but would not want to offend the people, what do you think? i also have a friend who makes clothes and she offered to make one for me, just the tunic top but longer like a dress,
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Salwar kameez is very comfortable to wear when you are travelling in India, and nobody is insulted; usually they seem very pleased when we wear these.
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Originally Posted by cosmic View Post i have a shop near me that sells some realy beautiful garments and id love to wear one, but would not want to offend the people, what do you think?
There is a thread "What to wear in India Helpful Hints for Women" which you might find useful.

I was there in August and the heat was unbearable in my usual British clothes, for convenience as I wasn't there long I bought some salwar kameez from one of the Fab India stores in Delhi. It's a fixed price shop and considered to be on the expensive side. As a guide, each set of salwar kameez and dupatta (the scarf) from there cost me around Rs 1200 or less then £15. They were fantastic to wear, and I got a few compliments from Indian women. I don't think I looked too daft in them.

Really though, to answer your question about offending people, to Indian women these things are simply "clothes" and wearing clothes doesn't offend anyone, quite the opposite in fact!

Just a thought, you might want to ask what country your Yorkshire store gets its stock from, I found some awesome Pakistani clothing in Birmingham, but even the daywear was far more ornate than anything I'd seen in India.
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I'm not a resident Indian, but I am culturally, and I think it's fantastic. Dress appropriately, and you;ll be fine. Granted, my experience is in the north of India, but no one said a word, or gave a look to the women wearing suits and saris.
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Hi Cosmic

I know of a great on-line store based in the UK which sells gorgeous salwar suits from £9!
If you PM me I can give you the address
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Originally Posted by goanmad View Post Hi Cosmic

I know of a great on-line store based in the UK which sells gorgeous salwar suits from £9!
If you PM me I can give you the address
You could post the address here, so we can all benefit... please!
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Yes, no problems with that --- as long as it isn't your shop!!!

They will certainly be available in Indian clothes shops in the UK: I'd recommend Green Street for the East Londoners, Southall for the West...
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I have never found anybody offended in this case unless it was some drugged out type wearing a sari blouse & slip only..
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what about western men in indian clothes...?
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Unlike Indian women, who typically wear Indian clothes, Indian men typically wear Western clothes. Go figure. So you might actually stick out a little more if you look "more Indian than the Indians". (Not that there aren't men wearing kurtas, mind you - it's just that run of the mill Western shirts and trousers seem to be routine.)
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I believe women generally look amazing in Indian clothes, doesn't matter if the woman is western or not.

So Cosmic, go ahead and wear an indian dress, you wouldn't offend anyone
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what about western men in indian clothes...?
If its my inlaws they get plenty offended at my doing that in public. Private, they seem to tolerate it. My old supervisor used to like that I wore the same Khadi vests as he did..
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Cosmic - are you coming to India or are you wearing the clothes in England? You can buy the same clothes here much more cheaply. I wear only salwar kameez wherever I am and that includes NZ and Australia. Nobody blinks an eyelid, they couldn't care less.
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thansk all.
aishah, im traveling to india in jan, i know its going to be hot was just wondering about it as were staying in a hotel the night befor and our luggage is being checked in the day befor we fly,so i wanted to travel in something more suitable to te indian weather,and fancied somindian clothing,but didnt want to offend anyone, thanks you all for your help.
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If you're coming to North India in Jan - your jeans and t-shirt would be fine! But if it's the South, then good idea to get the Indian cotton outfit beforehand - I found the South too hot for me in the winter.

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