Cosmetics, Costumes and Ornaments in Ancient India

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

This page relates ‘Upper Garments (l): Ardhoruka (hanging coat)’ 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 (l): Ardhoruka (hanging coat)

Ardhoruka is a coat hanging down to the thighs. As the name indicates, it covers half of thighs. Ardhoruka is mentioned in Amarakośa[1]. Bāṇa[2] and Daṇḍi[3] have also referred to it. Daṇḍi describes it as a male costume. But in Bṛhatkathāślokasaṃgraha[4], a woman is represented as wearing a blue coloured Ardhoruka.

Footnotes and references:

[1]:

2.6.119

[2]:

Harṣacarita, p.152

[4]:

20.82

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