week one assignment: cholis and regional attire the workplace
The comments made here by Beth are partially true, but not entirely. I
am an ATS dancer, and for dance class (e.g. proactive) I wear the
stretchy cotton short sleeved low "V" cut, open back version of the
choli. Some of the dancers will wear this type of top for performances
as well, but these type of tops, worn at performances, are almost
never alone, instead they have coin bras worn over them, and sometimes
a Turkish or Ghawazee style coat.
Many ATS dancers take the very elaborately decorated (beaded and/or
mirrors) vintage Indian cholis and will wear them for performances (if
they fit, the Indian women seem to be on the small size compared to
many Americans), so frequently these tops have to modified and
tailored, adding in new panels and/or gussets to allow for movement,
while still trying to preserve the original look of the choli.
The south has a very lax attitude about women's 'fleshiness'. A good
portion of women in the south are obese, yet they still wear clothing
that exposes much very of their flesh all year round, far more than
what I am accustomed to seeing in the workplace, or in public..
Oh, and here in the south, I have been know to wear my dance clothes
to the store (after attending class, I frequently stop at the store to
pick up a thing of two for dinner, or creamer for my coffee). Even
though I tend to be on the more modest side of showing off my skin,
after being here for two years, the attitude described above has worn
off on me, at least enough to let me show my belly, just a little bit.
Joyce E Young
--- In CostumeHistoryClass@yahoogroups.com, "Lady Mariota"
> Hi Kristi and All,
> A choli is a top. There are two types - Indian which is a more full
> fiber(silk) top. The ATS choli is a midriff shirt, usually longsleeved of a
> panne velvet, leotard fabric, or similar, that is identified as ATSby
> coming to a deep V in the front and tying twice in the back (neckand mid
> back, while leaving the rest of the back bare).office!
> Very comfortable for dancing, but not for the grocery store or
> Beth Walters