Wednesday, February 18, 2009



Draped garments include shawls, sari, cloaks, veils, sarongs, stolas, draped skirts and dresses, pareos, ponchos and the ancient loincloth.


A sari is a long strip of cloth typically from the India. it is an unstitched piece of cloth ranging from 5-9metres in length. it comes in a variety of colours, materials, prints and textures. it is generally draped around the waist but there are many different ways to drape a sari. it is usually worn over a petticoat (underskirt) and a blouse (short bodice).these days, they are embellished with mirrors and embroidery.

Indian Sari worn during 21st century


A cloak acts as an overcoat. it is usually worn over any garment inside. is is a very loose garment. it protects from the cold, rain and wind. it is also worn as a fashionable outfit. They have a hood attached. They are also embellished with embroidery and prints and fur. they are fastened at the front down till the foot or they are fastened at the neck with strings. It is an ancient garment of many cultures such as roman, parisian, victorian. it was extensively worn by Roman Emperors.

A Parisian wearing the cloak in 1823

Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV wearing an embellished cloak in 1831


Ponchos were created to protect from rain and cold weather. it is a large piece of fabric with a hold in the centre for the head. it is sleeveless. They come in different colors, materials and prints and embroidery. Usually they are knitted or crocheted. They are traditional garments of Latin America.

A picture of the locals of Peru, South America wearing the traditional poncho. This photograph was taken on may 28th, 2008.


A sarong is a piece of fabric tied around the waist. It is a traditional garment of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines). It is worn as a kilt by men and as a skirt by women. It is available in different colours and prints. it is generally delicate flowy fabrics. The most common prints are Batik and Floral.

Typically Malaysian Sarong manufactured by 'English Creations Craze' in 2008.

A sarong can be worn in different ways. I have attached pictures to show my point.


Tailored garments would include tunics, trousers (pantaloons, breeches, pants), socks, mittens and gloves.


A tunic is generally without sleeves. the length varies from short to medium to long. it is an ancient Green and Roman costume. Generally a tunic is held around the waist by a belt.

This short typical Greek Tunic tunic is perfect for either the market streets or under any Greek armor. It emulates the waves of the Aegean. 100% cotton.


There were different types of trousers prevalent. Pantaloons, Breeches and pants. Trousers were started in Nothern Europe.


They were knee length trousers. they were a male's costume. At the hem, they were either buttoned or pulled by drawstrings.

This is a pair of classic riding breeches from 1950s. They are medium - weight wool, with polo pockets, zipper fly and 8 buttons on each leg closure. It is available at a great store in Boston called Beckwith's.

A native American wearing breeches in the 18th century


Pantaloons were worn by men. They were usually worn with waist coats.

A picture of Americans wearing pantaloons in 1893


Socks are usually worn on the human feet. Gloves and mittens are worn on the palms. All of these are work to protect from the cold, rain and wind.

Socks worn during the end of 17th century

Gloves (with fingers) worn during the beginning of the 17th century

Entomological mittens and hat designed by Adrian Bizilia.


I hope I discussed the types of garments (draped & tailored) well. I tried my best to attach the best pictures that I could get.

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