My daily wardrobe in India consisted of jeans and a long kurta (tunic-style shirt). And I loved it. It was the epitome of ease and comfort. On the somewhat rarer occasion that I had to wear a full suit, also known as a salwar kameez (think kurta and churidars–leggings), I relished that as well. They were fun to wear–and did I mention how comfortable?
Well, if you’ve been reading my blog for any amount of time you already know where this is headed. 🙂 That’s right–a cultural blunder! Scarves, or dupattas as they’re known in India, how I love scarves. I assumed that in India, like the States, scarves were a fashion statement, a nice piece of added stylistic flair, but not a necessity. I was wrong. I quickly learned that wearing a salwar kameez without the dupatta was culturally akin to walking around topless. Who knows how many places I went “topless” before someone was kind enough to fill me in on my faux pas! 🙂 Hope this made you laugh today, and if you’re in India, or some other South Asian country–don’t forget your scarf!