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Monalisa Das

FACULTY, SCHOOL OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY, KIIT, BHUBANESWAR, ODISHAMs. Monalisa Das did her diploma in Garment Technology from Women’s Polytechnic, Dhenakanal. She pursued her B. Design in NIFD (National Institute of Fashion Design), Bhubaneswar, affiliated to Utkal University of Culture and awarded University gold medal for securing first class first in Bachelor in Fashion Design. Then she pursued her master degree in Textile Design from Utkal University of Culture and awarded University gold medal for securing first class first and along with best post graduate in University. She has more than 10 years of experiences in industrial and academical sector. Now working as a Faculty in School of Fashion Technology , KIIT deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Vogue of Corsets

Corset has been a vogue for several reasons. From posture improvement to waist training, the corset has helped women look gorgeous for hundreds of years. There are various types of corsets today, and unlike the ones of olden times, these can even be worn to make a fashion statement. These garments were once used just to enhance the woman’s shape or keep her from jiggling. Today, they are sexy, fun under and outer garments, helping women feel feminine and sensual. They are made from a variety of fabrics and have trimmings such as lace and bows.

Costumes: During Indus Valley Civilization

The earliest evidence of textile production in India comes from the Indus Valley, where a complete Urban civilization centred around the two cities of Mahenjodaro and Harappa, thrived between 2500 and 2000 BC. Along with the many figurines and engraved seals, numerous spindle whorls of wool and coarse cotton, some copper sewing needles were found.

The recent discovery of excavated seals at the port town of Lothal on the west coast of Gujarat and Dhula-vira in Kutch, indicate that the sophisticated culture, already engaging in the export trade, was in place before this time. The earliest textile impression found in the subcontinent comes from Mehergarh, an Indus Valley site in Beluchistan. This impression of a woven fabric and a large number of cotton seeds also unearthed, date from 5000 BC. , by which time that appears cotton cultivation and textile weaving were already advanced.

Origin and History of Clothing

The first known humans to make clothing, Neanderthal man, survived from about 200,000 B.C.E. to about 30,000 B.C.E. During this time the earth’s temperature rose and fell dramatically, creating a series of ice ages throughout the northern areas of Europe and Asia where the Neanderthal man lived. With their compact, muscular bodies that conserved body heat, Neanderthals were well adapted to the cold climate of their day. But it was their large brain that served them best.

Neanderthal man learned to make crude but effective tools from stone. Tools such as spears and axes made Neanderthals strong hunters, and they hunted the hairy mammoths, bears, deer, musk oxen, and other mammals that shared their environment. At some point, Neanderthals learned how to use the thick, furry hides from these animals to keep themselves warm and dry. With this discovery, clothing was born.