Newsletter 29 - December 2002-February 2003

1. news
2. order your 8 or 9 yard saris...
3. a masculine way to drape a sari
4. new web links
5. a personal note from Chantal

1. NEWS:

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Chantal is going to India for one month, starting mid-December. She will be able to buy saris of unusual length (8 or 9 yards) for interested IDC members. For details please look at the web page:
Please note that all orders must be sent BEFORE DECEMBER 10TH, and that she will take only a limited number of orders, due to lack of time. So, if you wish to take this opportunity, please do not delay.

By David L. Rosenthal

I first began wearing open wraps and sarongs about three summers ago when the weather became intolerably hot, and the very thought of working outside in pants became repugnant. This has been my garment of choice ever since. My taste tends more toward the Javanese style wraps (ie: the "Kain Panjang" and occasionally a sarung -- the closed tubular wrap).
The open cloth wrap is also a practical garment for doing serious outside construction work (carpentry, electric, plumbing, painting, etc.). This includes crawling into very inconvenient locations and positions, climbing up and down ladders, etc. After all, many men, in many parts of the world do just this. When I'm working, I generally roll up the waist a bit more and a bit tighter then usual, or tuck in the open flap. (My work cloths are simple 2-1/2 yard pieces of cotton sheeting from a fabric store: single color, no designs, etc. -- ie: just cheap).
I also appreciate the shear (no pun intended) simplicity of wearing "just a piece of cloth". Especially the great variety of colors and patterns that are available -- again much more interesting then conventional men's pants. This also appeals to me as a socioeconomic statement: It's nice to be able to snub one's nose at one other big business (specifically the clothing industry).
I have, during this time, also become interested in batik design and techniques, and the various methods that these simple garments are worn in different parts of the world. It is in this pursuit that I found the IDC, and the intricacies of the Indian cloth wrapping techniques.

I think I've worked out a distinctive, masculine style for wearing a Kashmiri silk sari in the dhoti style. What I've essentially done is unfolded the last pallav pleat, so that from the front, it looks very much like the Kain Panjang cloths I commonly wear. It presents the back side of the cloth in front, but with this particular sari, it looks good anyway.


Web site with VERY interesting old photographs of costumes, including saris. This shows how it was worn in past times. Highly recommended:

The link below shows a series of photos from an American Sikh turban-tying class. Not very instructive, but does provide some insights into how young men are taught to tie.

Web site with African headwraps, including demonstrations:
The site also sells the cloth for the wrap.

Web site about scarves and sarongs, showing different ways to wrap them:

The page previously known as:<> has been updated. The updated page can be reached using the link:
This web site is about men wearing, well, skirts (kilts and other unbifurcated garments,as they call them). Why not? It’s well worth a visit anyway.



I wish you all a very happy holiday season. This past year has been very quiet, in fact with a few disappointments, but I keep my fingers crossed and hope that 2003 will be the year draped clothes become popular!
Our membership has nevertheless increased regularly, and there has been some interest in IDC, notably very recently by the BBC (hopefully there will be more of that next year!). Web sites on sarongs seem thriving, and I wish the best to all those who go for alternative ways of dressing!
Please all of you, keep on the good work! Do not forget that this newsletter depends very much on your contributions, and that the disappearing art of draped clothes relies on our work and support to be saved from total oblivion!

Best wishes for 2003!


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