Sunday, June 6, 2010
Styles from India
Soon EIC officials were sending design/color ideas to the Indian craftsmen, lighter backgrounds and examples of familiar European floral motifs. Calicos and chintzes, usually hand painted, flowed into England and on to the American colonies. The 'pieces' were made into European style garments.
Three particular articles of Indian dress were incorporated into European fashion: the banyan, the sari and the Kashmir shawl. The banyan was a man's loose robe constructed in a simple 'T' shape.