Which traditional attire is popular among Indian men?

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The lungi is the most popular outfit among major traditional attire that Indian men wear, beating the dhoti and the (male) kurta-pyjama suit by a wide margin. Photo: Indranil Bhoumik/Mint

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The humble lungi is the most popular outfit among major traditional attire that Indian men wear, beating the dhoti and the (male) kurta-pyjama suit by a wide margin, an analysis of unit level data from the last consumer expenditure survey conducted by the National Sample Survey Office (NSSO) in 2011-12 shows.

The survey of more than 100,000 households showed that 52% households reported purchasing at least one lungi in the year preceding the survey. Two other traditional male attire for which NSSO collected data separately—the dhoti and the kurta-pyjama suit—were less popular than the lungi; 21% of households reported purchasing the dhoti while 13% reported purchasing the kurta-pyjama suit in the year preceding the survey. This comparison does not include cloth that may have been purchased for kurta-pyjama suits, for which disaggregated data is not available.

As with almost everything else in this diverse land, there are wide variations within the country. The lungi and the dhoti are both more popular in the east and the south than in the rest of the country. The kurta-pyjama suit is more popular in the northern parts of the country. Odisha leads the charts in the consumption of lungis, followed by Bihar, West Bengal, Tripura, and Tamil Nadu. Haryana and Delhi reported the highest share of households which purchased the kurta-pyjama suit (see chart 1 and 2).


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Add in the lungis bought on the beach in Goa and its colour might change.

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At least in Bihar there is a strong correlation between caste and attire. You won't find upper caste men (Hindu or Muslim) wearing a lungi in public.
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You wouldnt find men wearing Lungi in public places in Rajasthan - dhoti is commonplace.
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post ... there is a strong correlation between caste and attire....


see #1245

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Is this Pudukottai, or somewhere else? Govindpuri found it on the wall of a "South India" restaurant. Does that mean a restaurant in South India or a dosa shop anywhere else?
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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Is this Pudukottai, or somewhere else? Govindpuri found it on the wall of a "South India" restaurant. Does that mean a restaurant in South India or a dosa shop anywhere else?
... or a restaurant in London serving south-Indian food?

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Originally Posted by Golghar View Post Is this Pudukottai, or somewhere else? Govindpuri found it on the wall of a "South India" restaurant. Does that mean a restaurant in South India or a dosa shop anywhere else?
That is from Malabar, Sydney.
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And no lungis, dhotis, mundus or other seamless garments in view.
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Love Tees Maar Khan and Katrina Kaif! I was in India when it came out and "Sheila" was all you heard!
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That’s song was all over the US as well! Heard it in pretty much every Indian wedding, dance, or party I went to. One of the best “item” songs. 



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