Over the years, my friends and I have lamented over the lack of variety in the clothes we bought for our sons. Those of us fortunate to have daughters were compensated by the diversity of dresses \u2013 in terms of color & form \u2013 for the girls.\nThis gender inequality is unfair \u2013 I agree.\nBut I have faith that sooner or later activists will take this up and demand equal rights for men to wear bright & cheerful colors & prints and to move away from drab boring homogenous clothing. After all it is the age of equal rights!\nHowever in a small part of India, Kutch, Gujarat the men do not face this sort of discrimination.\nTheir clothes are just as colorful and ornately decorated as those of their women.\nThe equality in this emancipated tribe is a breath of fresh air in this world that is otherwise frought with deep gender bias!\nA few examples:\n1. Turbans\n[A handsome turban, extremely stunningly tied \u2013 perfectly matched with the handsome man! Cropped out of this image is his beedi \u2013 he could well have been the equivalent of the local Marlboro man]\n\n\n2. Dhoti or Man\u2019s lower Garment\n[This cloth is tied at the waist in the form of pants. Loose & airy it is perfectly suited to the hot weather]\n [ATK-188 Wovensouls Collection]\n\nTheir turbans, their dhotis, their short shirts and long robes are all fantastically woven & embroidered with colors that are attract the eye.\nAnd so naturally, at the time of a wedding, the groom\u2019s clothes are as much of a concern as the bride\u2019s. The truth in our world, is the preoccupation with the bridal gown / sari and the bride\u2019s X number of clothes changes during the wedding\u2026..her jewelry her accessories and so on.\nAll quite well put in the full length film \u201cSex & the City\u201d where the groom is almost incidental to the entire wedding planning!\nBut not so in the Rabaris.\nThe man\u2019s clothing & accessories (so many of them) receive the spotlight as much as the bride\u2019s.\nThe reasons for this I do not know \u2013 but I can venture a guess:\nMarriages all over are made in heaven, but in this group, the ceremonies are conducted in the laps of the parents as they used to have child-marriage. And if the mother is in charge of arranging the clothes, naturally she will put on the best for her child \u2013 whether boys or girls! And the boys themselves were too young to have an opinion or protest. And so she had her way, and then that became a practice as everyone saw no anomaly in the use of color. Just my guess.\n[For the record the legal age as decided by the homogenous law of the land set by the government, is 18. Whether this is a wise thing or not, is debatable \u2013 but that is not the subject of this note].\nSo we have some wonderful pieces sown & embroidered for the groom \u2013 all from the wovensouls collection:\n3. Groom\u2019s Triangular Panel \nAn accessory worn as an attachement announcing that this young man is the groom. This piece is for a young man.\n[ATI-765 Wovensouls Collection]\n\n[ATK-472 Wovensouls.com]\n\n4. A Sword\u2019s Sheath \u2013 Groom\u2019s accessory\nATI-766 Wovensouls.com\n\n5.\u00a0 Groom\u2019s Bokani or Shoulder Cloth\nATK-692 Bukani | Wovensouls.com\n\nAnd finally\n6. A Child Groom\u2019s Kedia of Shirt\nATI-764 Wovensouls.com\n\n7. White Kedia Groom\u2019s shirt \nAn example of a white Kedia [short shirt] found in the Victoria & Albert Museum Collection, London\u00a0 is linked here. \n***\nSO, dear men of other worlds \u2013 if you are reading this\u2026 it is time to unite \u2013 and take to the streets for your rights! Let your voice be heard! Go out there and fight for your right to wear colors! More power to you! Long Live Gender Equality!!\njm\nMarch 2015\nThe post Equal Rights for Men \u2013 Wedding Textiles of a Rabari Groom! appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.