Wednesday, November 18, 2009

International Fashionista...or not

I've mentioned a couple of times that we ladies wore Indian clothes while there so as not to offend conservative sensibilities. While salwar kameezes were available ready-made in some shops, it was much more of an "experience" to have them custom-made.

Our expatriate friends had certain shops that they patronized so, early in our stay, off we went to the tailors so that our clothes would be ready to wear for the remainder of our trip. First, we were given front-row seats for the show. Then, the shop-keepers began showing off fabric--and quite a show it was! Out came roll after roll of colorful fabric, billowed out for our inspection. With much discussion about what brought out the color of our eyes, what had too much "bling", and what was too expensive, we each settled on fabric. Our friends spoke Hindi and were able to bargain with the shopkeepers for the best prices on fabric and stitching.

Next, very thorough fittings--MANY measurements taken. Choices had to be made regarding length of the top, elastic pants or drawstring pants, type of neckline, loose-fitting or traditional fitted pants, etc. After a considerable time, we finalized the deal and paid half of the fee, with the remainder to be paid upon pickup.

Now that we were in sensory overload from this cultural experience, we went on to the men's tailor so they could have some kurtas and custom-fitted shirts made. It was a slightly less showy performance, but interesting nonetheless.

The results were well-fitting, well-made, inexpensive clothes...a pretty awesome souvenir I'd say.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

K, you truly had many experiences most of us will never have. Custom made clothes. Wow! Mimi