The dhoti is a simple piece of cloth (cotton), generally white.
The garment distinctive of the Hindus of all castes, men and women, all over India, is the dhoti or loin cloth.
The dhoti is known under many names, dhutia, pitambar, lungi, &c. In some parts of India half the dhoti only is wound round the loins, the other half being thrown over the left shoulder.
- Deccan Brahman wearing pagri, dhoti or pitamber, anga and dopatta.
Under Mahommedan influence Hindu clothing developed into " suits," consisting of five pieces for men, hence called pancho tuk kapra - (z) head-dress, (2) dhoti, (3) coat, (4) chaddar or sheet, (5) bathing cloth; and three for women, hence called tin tuk - (i) dhoti, (2) jacket, (3) shawl.
The small form of dhoti worn by men of the lower class is called langoti.
The kachh or drawers fastened by a waist-band was more convenient and suitable for warriors than the insecurely tied dhoti of the Hindus or the tamba of the Mahommedans.
A Brahman's dhoti, as also that of some other castes, reaches to a little below the knee; a Rajput's to his ankles.
- Brahman wearing dhoti and janeo or sacred thread.