Earlier that year, crop tops had taken hold of the fashion industry as a must-have trend. It quickly found its way to becoming a favorite clothing style, especially popular among teenagers. The girls’ crop top brings a sensuality that delights young people and gives them the opportunity to show off their new bodies. Soon, crop tops became a staple in every girl’s wardrobe.
The Indian sari, lehenga, ghagra and even the South Indian half-sari, or paavadai daavani , claim a short blouse that does not exceed the bust. The skirt is worn at the waist, revealing the belly. In the fashion industry, the size and shape of this belly carry various connotations, but in the Indian setting, it is simply that, a bare belly. Philosophers place value on the exposure of the belly as having to do with childbirth and the cycle of life. The action of not covering it is considered to give it freedom to develop. But these traditional attires cover the belly and navel, with a dupatta, a long rectangular piece of cloth draped over one shoulder and around the waist. Cropped tops do not come with navel-covering fabrics.
These days, wearing cotton crop tops with sarees is widely accepted, and the same can be worn over jeans or with skirts too, photo by Unsplash.
In southern India, along with the sari, a kamarband, or gold belt, is worn to adorn the waist. In the north, women cover their faces with the free end of their saris. These practices are culturally important signs of modesty. Not covering the belly is considered inappropriate for a woman’s values and virtues. In some states, the health of the community is evident from the amount of accumulated belly fat. A healthy community had its women walking around with rolls of fat under their blouses, while women who belonged to drought-stricken states had virtually no fat.
Crop tops go against the Indian function of revealing the midriff. They do not allow the woman who wears them to have fat bulges, but rather set strict body image standards. Flat stomach, washboard abs, relatively flatter chests are acceptable. Heavier or curvier women can’t flaunt crop tops with the same confidence, and even if they do, they have to brave the stigma of their own body image.
Sari blouses are staples of the traditional Indian woman and have a big impact on the look she is trying to achieve. Crop tops are an ethnic variation of these everyday-use blouses, which have been cut for comfort. Although crop tops are available in all sorts of materials and designs, they have evolved into Indianism.
Nowadays, wearing cotton crop tops with sarees is widely accepted, and the same can be worn over jeans or with skirts too. In the West, a blouse refers to a formal long-sleeved top for women, while in India it refers to something worn with a saree or skirt. In indigenous culture, the crop top is symbolic of feminine modesty, and in modernity, it is an essence of globalization, where Indian custom has been adopted abroad, and reintroduced to the Indian, who l devoured with a hungry taste. , like one who found lost gold.
Keywords: Crop top, Culture, Indianism