Learning about the traditions, customs and languages of different cultures is an important thing for children of all ages to explore. A classroom unit studying Indian culture can include aspects such as history, social customs, food and traditional clothing. Projects for children on the traditional clothing of India can include the study of Indian clothing in history and the types of garments specific to males and females.
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Have children study and complete a project, such as a poster or a short written report, on the history of traditional Indian clothing. This project can focus on the overall history of the clothing, such as the materials that were used in the past compared to those that are used now, or the history of particular pieces. For example, according to the History for Kids website, saris, traditional Indian clothing for females, date back to approximately 600 B.C.
Male or Female Clothing
Another project on traditional Indian clothing can have children focus on the different articles of clothing that are traditionally worn by Indian women and men. Children can focus their studies on the type of fabric, design, construction and colour of one or more pieces of traditional Indian clothing for a man or woman. These articles of clothing include the sari for women and the dhoti for men, both of which are made from one long piece of material. These projects can also be expanded to include aspects such as the marketing and sale of the chosen article of Indian clothing.
According to the I Love India website, each state in the country of India has its own traditional clothing. Have the children research the traditional clothing for a state such as Punjab, where women wear the "salwaar kameez," or Assamese, where women traditionally wear the "mekhala chadar." The children can focus solely on the traditional Indian garments worn by the individuals who live in their chosen state, or expand their project to include other information about the inhabitants as well.
Design Your Own
Follow up a lesson on the different types of traditional Indian clothing by having young children exercise their creativity and design their own article of clothing. Give the children free creative reign so that the resulting projects can be as fantastical or practical as they desire. Provide suggestions such as using different fabrics and colours, adding embellishments such as jewels and glitter or even combining different elements of different articles of traditional Indian clothing.
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