The garment distinctive of the Hindus of all castes, men and women, all over India, is the dhoti or loin cloth.
The dhoti is a simple piece of cloth (cotton), generally white.
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.