Cosmetics, Costumes and Ornaments in Ancient India

by Remadevi. O. | 2009 | 54,177 words

This page relates ‘Upper Garments (k): Drapi (embroidered garment)’ of the study on cosmetics, costumes and ornaments of ancient India based on Sanskrit sources. Chapter one deals with cosmetics and methods of enhancing beauty; Chapter two deals with costumes, garments and dresses; Chapter three deals with ornaments for humans and animals. Each chapter deals with their respective materials, types, preparation and trade, as prevalent in ancient Indian society.

2.1. Upper Garments (k): Drāpi (embroidered garment)

Drāpi was an embroidered garment. Usually men and women having social status wore it. In Atharvaveda[1], we meet with a courtesan clothed in Drāpi. We read of Varuṇa[2] and Pavamāna[3] sitting in the court attired in Drāpi in Ṛgveda.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

V.7.10, XIII.3.1

[2]:

I.25.13

[3]:

IX.100.9

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