The Panditji‘s Attire: North India
India has million temples. These million temples are similar in their basic architecture, the tall conical structures and an inner sanctum, which can be reached through climbing lots of steps.
So, what about the temple’s caretaker? Is there any pattern in the way they dress up everyday?
The Indian priest does have a daily wear attire.
It’s about time we acknowledge the functional, religious and aesthetic reasons behind it.
How can we divide daily attire of panditji?
The daily attire of a panditji /pujaari can be said to have 5 primary parts :
- The Kurta / the upperwear
- The Loongi / the lowerwear
- The Gamchha
- A rudraksh bead necklace
- A chappal
The Kurta is a long shirt with full sleeves and sometimes side pockets. Its long and flowy and allows enough room for comfort. The favourite colour shades are white or cream with fake gold buttons. (price – Rs. 200-250 )
“It’s a hot country, after all!” says Suresh and there seems no better choice than the Lungi for some well –deserved air ventilation. A lungi is a cotton wrap around sarong with length of 115 cm in height and 200 cm in length. The favorite colours for the priests seem to be shades of vermillion and orange. Lungi is an economic and durable buy. And as we Indians love it: Value For Money .
The Gamchha is a evergreen item of clothing for all Indians because of its light material functional size and multipurpose nature. Gamucha (also gamocha, gamchcha, gamcha) is a thin, coarse, traditional cotton towel found in India and Bangladesh that is used to dry the body after bathing or wiping sweat. Gamchha is the local term for a sweat towel. It is often just worn on one side of the shoulder. However its appearance varies from region to region(ref: Wikipedia)
What makes it a design pattern worth talking about ?
- Sensitivity and an responsiveness to the hot environment
- Contextuality of the environment
- Functionality and simplicity of the attire
In simple words, it’s a apparel which has got transferred from one generation to the other and just because of the fact, it survived intact, we love it.