26 November, 2020

Veshti

The PM inhabited the veshti’s perfect, protean balance—both quotidian attire and stylish formalwear

Veshti
outlookindia.com
2019-10-26T09:51:31+05:30

Starring

  • Narendra Modi
  • Jayaram Subramaniam
  • P. Chidambaram
  • Kamal Haasan
  • Rajinikanth
  • Venkaiah  Naidu
  • M.G.  Ramachandran
  • Aaditya  Thackeray

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Unsung because of its unaffecting plainness—worn staidly in its crisp formality or as a raiment for the hurly-burly, fit to be folded up in a flash to aid mobility, the veshti, it will be agreed, is primarily a workaday affair. When Narendra Modi, clad in a veshti and white shirt, showed Chinese President Xi Jinping around Mamallapuram, he also showcased the white wraparound cotton apparel that had been a staple dress for South Indian men.

Modi has given the veshti an international exposure, though the garment has forever been in national spotlight. The one politician who had never abandoned the white ves­hti—and the cloth, in turn, lending him an air of composure and grace—has been...

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