Of matching kurtas and coats: Coffee table explores western influence on pre-Independence Punjab fashion

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New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) An pyjama and a collared shirt, a pair of shining shoes beneath the said pyjama and a dashing great coat was all that was needed to complete the mid-19th century Indian, nay Punjabi, gentleman – style catastrophe for some, mismatch for others maybe but certainly a moment in fashion as it evolved.

  The lavishly displayed “Influences of the British Raj on the Attire and Textiles of Punjab”, written by author-textile researcher Jasvinder Kaur, edited by Nirad Grover and designed by Nikheel Aphale, traces simpler times in Punjab when western clothes were gaining currency among the men and women of the province -- even when the British did not appreciate the idea.

  A new coffee table book explores in meticulous photographic detail how Indian, especially Punjabi, attire was transformed by western influence from the mid-19th century to pre-Independence 20th century and then on.