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Indian dress in Moscow – German magazine, French agency, Russian locale

April 25, 2010 1 comment

The lady on the left (Two shoppers check out the display at the annual Millionaire Fair in Moscow. But economic troubles may lurk just under Russia's glossy surface. Courtesy - AFP photograpgh in Der Spiegel).

The lady on the left (Two shoppers check out the display at the annual Millionaire Fair in Moscow. But economic troubles may lurk just under Russia's glossy surface. Courtesy - AFP photograph in Der Spiegel).

A dress in Moscow

This photograph is intriguing to say the least.

The lady on the left is wearing a ‘modern’ Indian salwaar-kameez with a dupatta. The colours of the dress also gel into Indian ‘aesthetics’. Compared to the dark and ‘sober’ colours of the lady on the right, the extravagant colours with the embroidered pattern is a dead giveaway of Indian dress sensibilities.

Then look at the shoes worn by the lady on the right, with the slippers worn by the lady on the left. Then the flared sleeves of the salwaar-kameez are another design feature that Indian women love.

Russian in Indian clothes?

So, is this a Russian lady wearing an Indian dress in Moscow? If it is Russian wearing Indian dresses with Indian colours in Moscow, where is she getting the colours, tailoring, designs, etc.? Or has she picked it up on one of her trips to India? Or is it a case of a ready-made dress, which she has bought, off-the-shelf in Moscow? Are there dress-shops in Moscow dealing with Indian-style dresses?

An Indian in Russia?

Or an Indian lady in Moscow, in an Indian dress? Now that raises different questions. Why don’t we see Indian males in Indian dresses – especially when abroad. On the other hand, Indian women have the confidence to carry off their dresses. Why do Indian males lack that confidence? A usual answer is ‘acceptance’. Why would other cultures have a problem, if people dress differently. I know that in India ‘differences’ in clothing will arouse curiosity.

And little else.

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