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Indus Valley Civilization (3000-1500 BC)

Mohenjo-DaroThe archeologists found the remains of an ancient city called Harappa in 1922. They also found another city, located 400 miles southwest of Harappa, called Mohenjo-Daro. This civilization is known as the Indus Valley Civilization (sometimes, the Harappan civilization). Now this civilization is also a part of ancient India. This civilization existed from about 3000-2,500 BCE to about 1500 BC. Here, the men and the women dressed in colorful robes. Women wore jewelry of gold and precious stone, and even wore lipsticks. Among the treasures found was a statue of a woman wearing a bracelet and the bracelets with similar designs are worn even today in India.

Aryan Civilization Daily 1500-500 BC

Clothing was initially made of animal skins. As the Aryans settled down, the clothes started to be made out of cotton.

Gupta Empire (500 - 647 BC)

Gupta EmpireThis era in ancient India was known as the era of the Gupta Empire. They were settled for more than 100 years. In addition, the fashion styles in the northern and southern India were very different.

In the north, they used to wear an unstitched garment called dhoti. This 9-meter long cloth was draped around the legs and tied at the abdomen. Both sexes wore it in the same way. Women wore bright colours. Men wore either white or dark colors. This cloth is prevalent even today in most of the parts of India. Both men and women donned lots of jewelry, which included armbands, waist belts, leg and ankle bangles, earrings, nose rings, rings on fingers and toes, crowns and other hair adornments.

In southern part, the ancient Indian scriptures describe women as wearing saris. In ancient times, it was considered very important for women to be covered from the neck down to the feet. The southern half of India has been almost exclusively Shaivite for thousands of years. A Shaivite woman did not adorn any jewellery. Even the Shaivite men did not wear any jewelry and typically wore only a lion cloth around the body and on the head to protect from the sun.


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