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Immigrants and Fashion In India

Jews, Persian, Zoroastrians, Tibet and Afghan people escaped and settled in India to avoid persecution and killing, and in different era inspired and influenced Indian fashion industry gradually. India was always the safe zone for whole world. By 12th centuries India was richest country along with China. After 12th centuries, religious pickpockets & thieves whip tiara and started siphoning resources out from country to Middle East and then from 1700 to 1947 to EU. Mughals, rapists came from Mangolia (bordering Russia China), robbed, looted and raped so veil or face covering become fashion. And British took blouse fashion, before that Indian women did not wear blouse. Mainly following four have inspired and influence fashion positively by there contribution and healthy culture, let’s examine. Now Immigrants word is not at all fit for them, They are absolute patriotic Indian citizen. 

Jewish People & Indian Fashion

The Jewish-Indian stars – Sulochana, Pramila, Nadira, and Uncle David – were in some of the biggest films Bollywood has ever known and Bollywood has greatest influence on Indian Fashion. Due to foreign invasion, Indian women exposure was subdued and so Jews actress were at top in Bollywood. The Jewish community of India is the fourth largest Asian Jewish community after Israel, Asian Russia, and Iran. Marco Polo traveled through India in the year 1293, he recorded a surprising encounter in his diaries about meeting Jews there who’d developed a thriving community on India’s south western coast. The Bene Israel is probably descendants of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel who fled northern Israel in 721 BCE to avoid killing by Assyrian. There are three main Jews sects In India west coast Bombay, east cost Kolkata and south coast Cochin. They have different fashion and dressing pattern which is influenced by local culture.

Indian stamp issued in 2013 in honor of Sulochana (Ruby Meyers). She was a Bagdadi Jew from Poona.

Zoroastrian (11th C.CE) and Irani (17th C.CE) People & Indian Fashion

They have been provided environment to lead Indian film industry, Atomic & Nuclear Research, Army, Business and Judiciary & as expected from them, this community has made India proud always. According to Zoroastrian legend (see Qissa-i Sanjan), Sassanid Empire slaughtered Zoroastrian people and they migrated to India for safety. During Iran’s Qajar era (1794–1925) when killing & persecution of non-terrorists was he only daily routine job of terrorists and by which time the Indian Zoroastrians had established special funds to assist their Iranian co-religionists. The descendants of these newer immigrants are known as Iranis. Many Models and Actress of this community work in fashion and film industry in India. 


Tibet People & Indian Fashion

It is completely mingled so much that it is hard to distinguish fashion & style in Leh, Himachal, Uttrankhand and north east state. Following in the footsteps of the 14th Dalai Lama more than 150,000 Tibetan refugees have fled to India during the past 60 years. He left with his initial entourage following the abortive 1959 Tibetan uprising. He was followed by about 80,000 Tibetan refugees.  The Tibetan Diaspora maintains a government in exile in Himachal Pradesh, which coordinates political activities for Tibetans in India.  Not in whole country, but in these Tibet bordering states, Tibet fashion and Indian fashion is same thing.  

Afghan People & Indian Fashion

Primarily Salwar suit and Banzara Gown/Suit for women and Pathan suit for men is popular in whole country. More than 60,000 Afghan refugees came to India in the years following the 1979 to 1989 Soviet–Afghan War. The Indian government does not officially recognise them as refugees, but has allowed the UNHCR India to operate a programme for them. As in past Kandhar ( Afghanistan) was part of India, there was already fashion influence by and upon India / Afghanistan. Almost all Bollywood super starts wear Afghanistan Pathan Suit on screen and in real life too. The Salwar Suit and Pathan Suit has so many pattern now that It become an Indian common dress now. 


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MIFT ( Mysore Institute of Fashion Technology) students, trainee and scholars study and research about fashion, makeup, forecasting, e commerce, disruptive technologies in fashion & cosmetics industry. The primary research objective is to create open industry modular ecosystem platform for fashion designers and makeup artists to work and earn in hyper personal and local market using IR 4 and 5 ( industrial revolution) technologies to disrupt connected digitalization of mass production.