The Whimsical Charm of Men who wear Dhoti

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“The oldest living city in the world”.

This was shot a few days ago as I was walking on the ghats along river Ganga in Varanasi (Benaras).

Those men are wearing a traditional garment in India called a dhoti which is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around 5 yards long, wrapped about the waist and the legs, and knotted at the waist.
Among traditional Indian clothings, dhoti is one of the most ancient traditional clothing for men.
Great men like Mahatma Gandhi used to wear dhoti.
Attire worn by important political persons makes a political statement.
People say that clothes may or may not make a man but they certainly make a point when political leaders wear them.
Indian political leaders wear their political ideologies on their sleeves by choosing clothes.
So if you follow the dhoti trend in Indian political arena, they will tell altogether a different story.

Varanasi is one of the most conservative place, wearing a dhoti there is a statement, and shows an obvious social and political position.
However I find that this timeless garment gives a whimsical charm to those men who therefore have to walk with a real allure.

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