Re: Created a (Henna) Monster... :)

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Posted by Kenzi on September 26, 2002 at 21:44:58:

In reply to: Created a (Henna) Monster... :) posted by Liz on September 26, 2002 at 19:00:37:

Personally I don't like wearing too much ethnic clothing to such
events and I don't think it's necessary; in some cases it might be
undesirable. I usually just wear modest western clothing, usualloy
in dark colors that can't be stained with henna...and like Nick
suggested, my usual ethnic accessories and jewelry.

It's hard to know what exactly would be most appropriate for a given
bridal event, for example would it be better to wear a sari or a
shalvar kameez or something else entirely? Would they feel like you
are mocking their culture by wearing a "costume" instead of regular
clothing? Are they Sikh, Punjabi, Gujarati, Rajasthani etc. and
depending on that what should you wear? Too many factors.

If you are doing the party anywhere outside South Asia probably one-
quarter to one half of the people at the party will be dressed in
Western clothes, there might be men there, there might be westerners
there, and people who do wear their traditional clothing might be a
mix of all sorts of styles. If you wear western clothes you will
probably not feel like you stand out.

For certain festivals that are more multiethnic I often wear a cotton
shalvar kameez because it looks a little festive and is very


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