Discover The Fashion Portrayed in India’s Ancient Sculptures
The Journey of Fashion Portrayed in India’s Ancient Art and Sculptures Over the Ages
This multi-layered investigation legitimizes how stylish our precursors were !!!! The way people dress themselves, the way they make their hairstyles, the way people go for their body adornments etc..all taken together….have been a significant and interesting topic for Indian human advancement and culture for a long time! An investigation of antiquated craftsmanship and figures in various temple walls of India unquestionably gives enough opportunities with respect to how design in India developed from ancient days till date.
Examining Indian garments, haircuts and gems is an intricate, audacious and troublesome issue.
Whatever be the source or beginning of attire, hairdos and gems & jewellery , it gives a noticeable pointer of the solidarity and homogeneity among individuals living in a specific territory and belonging a specific age . The level of individuals’ accounts, their lives, their considerations and cognizance is reflected in the way of life of that time and their place of inhabitation, which in any case make the main part of their set of experiences. From days of yore ladies and men have attempted to dress themselves to introduce themselves all the more adequately as per the flavor of time.
In the beginning phases, old ensembles, hairdos, and adornments, just as archaeological compositions and archeological proof, should be investigated , archived and recorded.
Consistently, attire, haircuts and gems & jewelleries have assumed a vital part in improving the human body, everything being equal. Close to language, different viewpoints like garments, adornments, and haircuts were presumably the most ideal approaches to recognize individuals living in a specific zone/society , having a place with a particular race in a former time.
Practically all traditional antiquated Indian haircuts were pervasive in ancient Odia workmanship , models and artistic assets whose fragmentary examples are still available/ accessible in various temple remnants of advanced Odisha.
( Graphic credible record of the changed and outlandish haircuts of various legendary women characters portrayed on the temple walls of Odisha, India.)
Ladies’ long hair was an image of effortlessness and magnificence, karma and bliss, euphoria and festivity. Sonnets were composed, works of art were painted, and sculptures were carved to portray those stripped hair that extended to the waist, which is as yet a quiet observer to the past and still exists in the different temple ruins . The different artistic hairstyles itself is an art. Here I am giving photographs of the Yogini sculptures of the Sixtyfour Yogini Temple (constructed by the 10th century Brahma dynasty sovereign Hira Devi) of Hirapur close to Bhubaneswar (Odisha, India)which demonstrates the various hairstyles of all those Yoginis .. Every one of the three primary decorations of those Yoginis worn is something similar – a neckband worn on the head and forehead, a sort of pendant accessory and a chain of gems worn on the midsection.
Shalbhanjika( Indolent damsel), Raja Rani Temple ( eleventh century), Bhubaneswar
In the first photo,You can see a woman using eyeliner by her right hand and holding a mirror in her left hand and a small kid having a vanity bag.. In the 2nd photo,you can see ladies wearing extremely fine and transparent skirts. That has been engraved on the exterior temple wall of Khajuraho thousand years back ( later tenth century AD, World Heritage Site, UNESCO).
Among the sculptures in the Sun temple at Konark( mid 13th century) , there are ladies wearing high heels, holding handy mirrors….
This multi-layered investigation legitimizes how stylish our precursors were !! I often wonder how those artisans were capable of writing poetries on the surface of stone( intricate artworks) using nothing othe than primitive tools like chisels and hammers only thousand years back!!!!
In the past, was the appearance, makeup, clothing, and jewellery important? Please give your valuable remarks in this regard in the comment section……
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Dr. Manoj Mishra