account of historical Indian costumes runs into serious
difficulties not for want of literary evidence or of archaeological
and visual materials: of both of these there is a fair
measure that is available. The difficulty arises when
one tries to collate the information that can be culled
from these sources. The descriptions in literary works,
for all their great poetic beauty and elegance, are, in
the nature of things, not precise and one has to guess
and reconstruct. Sometimes the descriptions are so general
that they can fit more than one costume quite different
from each other. All this is not to say that a broad,
general idea cannot be formed of the kinds of costumes
worn in the ancient, medieval or the late medieval periods
in India. What one is denied is the possibility of going
into the many subtleties that Indian costumes possess.
Their range is remarkably wide, according to the great
size of the country, and geographical differences, and
the bewildering diversity of its ethnic groups is added
the complex factor of the coming in, at regular intervals,
of foreign peoples into India at different periods of
time and in varying numbers. The costumes that these people
brought along did not stay necessarily apart from the
mainstream of Indian dresses - that one could have dealt
with - but, with the Indian genius for adaptation and
modification, these costumes become altered, even metamorphosed,
and eventually assimilated to the broad, native Indian
range of dress. One has, therefore, to sift and isolate,
and then relate and bring together, the evidence available
which is not the easiest of tasks in the context of Indian
history where material culture does not always get the
attention it does elsewhere.
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best measurements for modeling are 5'9" , 34b bust,
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SIZE models are 5'7" to 5'11" tall and wear
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