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How to Be Picky

I’ve been shopping for Indian clothes enough times now, that I have learned how to be picky about what really matters…to me.

To start with never spend more than 300 rupees ($6) for Kurta (shirt) or Salwar (Pant), and that is still including “skin tax,” so aim for 200 rs.

There are some lovely Kurtas with lots of “hand embroidery,” but they didn’t tie any knots in the embroidery. So people will try to charge more for the amount of work that goes into making these shirts, but very quickly all the embroidery begins to fall apart and there are threads hanging everywhere and it’s a mess.

For that reason I have come to prefer “printed” shirts, where the pattern is part of the fabric. “Hippie shirts” are great too, although sometimes the fabric is not as soft, and mine fit a little funny, like the tailor hand a hard time sewing it so the stripes would be on an angle.

Along with the Kurta, a woman should always wear a dupeta (scarf), or “stupida” as some like to call it. It’s like walking around with a noose around our necks. This choking hazard is just waiting to get snagged on wheels, or anything possible, really.

It’s purpose is for modesty, I guess. It also comes in handy for drying ones hands, wiping your kid’s nose, or your own sweaty face, or even as a whole towel. For those reasons I like to make sure that my dupeta is an absorbent fabric, and soft, since it’s around my neck all day. It’s also good to make sure the dupeta is not to silky/slippery or it will constantly fall off, which is annoying…

Pants are a whole different story. This time of year it’s too hot to wear jeans or even my khakis, so Indian pants are cooler. Most Indian pants are “free size” which means they are all “your size.” You could gain 400 lbs and they would still fit, as long as your ankles are unbelievably small. They are giant pants with a drawstring waist. Yet somehow, if you move to fast, the seams rip out. I don’t understand how that happens…

My personal favorite is “balloon pants” which can only be found a hippie-type clothes stores.Soft, comfortable fabric, 8 layers of elastic at the waist, and elastic at the ankles. I was not a fan of the elastic ankles, until I realized how convenient it is that my pants don’t drag on the ground when I use the squatty or the potty.

That’s my shopping guide for travelers in India…

Becky
Becky
Becky is wife to Duane, mama to "Monkey-girl" and baby "Lioness" aka "PipSqueek." She is the administrative powerhouse for YWAM Bend and keeps our team grounded and organized. Her hope is to inspire and encourage other mamas in their journey to raise healthy, thriving families.
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