Everytime summer rolls around I really start getting inspired by the traditional costume of other cultures. So I thought I'd start sharing some scans I did from two of my favorite books on the subject: Ethnic Style: History and Fashion by Verenice Geoffroy-Schnieter and (Un)Fashion by Tibor and Maira Kalman. I actually have way too many to post in one post, so I thought I'd share according to culture.
First up, India. I highly suggest clicking on the pictures to make them bigger.
From Ethnic Style: Women in Saris. Worn in the style of Northern India (influenced by Muslim culture). Hand Ornament in Silver and Colored Glass How great is that hand ornament!?
I find Indian jewelry to be extremely amazing. While bangles are nice, I'm particularly interested in naths (aka nose rings). More specifically naths with chains. Lucky for me that most naths do not require a nose piercings. I'd love to wear one around. Debating if I would want a nice small one with a chain, or a large "in your face" one like the kind gentleman wearing it two pictures down.
From Ethnic Style: Ceremonial jewelry and makeup
From (Un)Fashion: Man from the Jodhpur region of India
Speaking of Jodhpur, I'm dying to visit this place, particularly during a time when there are a lot of Hindu festivities. It just looks divine. I'd love to roam the blue city, tour the fort (see 3rd picture down), stay in the palace and shop the local market... you know and score a bitchin' nath with chain and silk fabrics.
Remaining images via Higher Being Blog, Photos By Martin, Holiday IQ , and other sources via google images