THE STORY OF DRAPED GARMENT: ANTARIYA & UTTARIYA

Draped garment is always a part of Indian costume from time immemorial. Women wear sari and men wear dhoti in many regions. In North East India we find different tribes wear a draped skirt similar to wrap around skirt. We find the references of draped garment from the Vedic Period in India. As evidence we find references in the literatures or in the statues curved in ancient temples and even in the painting of the caves of Ajanta, which tells us the story of how a piece of cloth was warped to cover various parts of the body.
From the Vedic period the garments compromised of the “Uttariya” or upper garment and the “Antaria or the lower garment. The upper garment has now been increased to include a Kayabandh or slash to hold up the antariya. Kayabandh was used a decorative belt to hold the lower drape. Women also wore the Patka, a decorative strip made from cloth, and decorated with woven bamboo fibre, leather, woolen fringes, or plaited strips of cotton, cloth or yarn, tucked in the antariya at centre front. Turbans were also draped with long piece of cloth and in olden days were known as Usnisa. Both Men and women used to wear antaria, uttaria and usnisa.