Ethnic contributions to classic men's style

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Tropicalist, May 17, 2012.

  1. Tropicalist

    Tropicalist Senior member

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    Well, somebody's random comment on my beautiful Sam Hober Ancient Madder paisley tie got me thinking about South Asian contribution to men's style. The more I though about it I realised that it is very substantial and poorly recognised. So here go somethings I know. Feel free to add more

    - pailsey pattern
    -seersucker
    -madras cotton
    -cummerbund
    -pyjamas
    -gingham checks (?)
    - Nehru jacket
    -tussah silk
    -khaki/chino fabric
    -sola hat
    -cashmere fabric
    - mohair/angora weaving (?)


    I am not sure about handlebar moustache and the colour pink but would not be surprised. Is there any other Asian country with a greater origonal contribution to mainstream men's style?
     


  2. comrade

    comrade Senior member

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    Add: The Pith Helmet ( not worn much today)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pith_helmet
     


  3. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Funnily enough, from just the thread title, I was going to come in here and mention India. Although I suppose (what used to be referred to as) Persia might be accurate too, as it strikes me that a lot of these influences stem from the fusion of Moghul traditions with its later Persian overlay. And then mixed with British tailoring to end up with the above.
     
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    bourbonbasted Cyber Eliitist

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    I spilled Pad Thai on a Kiton shirt last night. Does that count? :confused:
     


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    Mohair is historically linked with Asia Minor, not South Asia. The word "mohair" is derived from the Arabic mukhayyar and "Angora" (goat) references the Ankara region.
     


  7. Tropicalist

    Tropicalist Senior member

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    The Persian influence probably came by way of india. What's remarkable is I am still trying to scratch my head to come up with any ethnic influence outside of india.
     


  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    cashmere is not south asia.
     


  9. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    lol wut? Authentically it's as Indian as you can get.
     


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  11. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    its more persian and mughal than india. and no, mughals are not indian
     


  12. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    kashmir was the trade capital of cashmere but the wools are imported across the region from mongolia to tibet.
     


  13. Viral

    Viral Senior member

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    India has culturally impacted/controlled many countries for years..........all without sending a single soldier across her borders.

    I remember when Caucasians would clown traditional Indian dress and now fiend for anything resembling a kurta or saree (I believe the term is "ethnic").
     
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  14. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    1) Cashmere originated in the West Himalayas - this is in india.

    2) The word Cashmere derives from 'Kashmir' - again for all intents & purposes this is in india.

    3) mughals regardless of their ethnic origin, ruled india

    Before patronising, get your facts straight.
     


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    There might be a few people out there that disagree with you on this :D
     


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