Easy to wear, stitched dhotis in sensory-friendly fabrics
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Get set to rock the festive season in cool, funky dhotis, or mundus/veshtis as they are known in south India.
If you don't give them a second look because they are hard to drape, we have stitched sets for you in designs, trendy and traditional.
Keeping in mind the sensory needs of people with disabilities, we are showcasing natural fabrics - pure cotton or silk-cotton mix. Kochi mom Preetha Menon always opts for cotton for her son. That's because Shiva has autism and is super choosy about what touches his skin - only soft fabrics, nothing pokey or itchy.
"On all auspicious occasions like Onam, Vishu or for weddings, I make my children wear a mundu or a dhoti", says Preetha. "Shiva is always a part of these celebrations and I make sure he wears cotton. I avoid polyester and linen material he feels itchy when he sweats. I prefer mundus with Velcro because they hold well he can manage them independently".
Here Shiva and his brother are twinning in traditional white mundus with a simple red vertical border in front and along the hem. Shiva has teamed his with a collared pink shirt.
Sample these options in cotton and cotton silk, all under ₹1,500 for you.
Cotton Stitched Dhoti Pants
Prefer the sober look? Go for this white cotton dhoti with a Velcro band by Tubination. The fabric is regular fit and double stitched with an elastic stretch, promising comfort wear.
The colour is white with an elasticised waistband. The ends of the dhoti skim the top of the feet making it comfortable to walk around in.
Available at amazon
Cotton Stitched Zari Border Dhoti
This Fab India dhoti is a solid shade of off white all through. The muted gold zari along the fold in front and the heels adds an elegant look. Would look great teamed with a shirt or kurta.
The colour is a lovely shade of off white and the thin gold zari in the front and around the ankles adds a touch of sophistication.
Available at fabindia
Vastramay Solid Men Dhoti
Go bold in this maroon dhoti of cotton silk. The waistband is elasticised and there's a tie knot in front just for style.
The colour is maroon all through. There's no added embellishment like zari keeping the look bold yet classy.
Available at flipkart
If you are looking for design ideas, take a look at Hans Aslot's prizewinning get up from last year's Navratri celebrations. Hans, who has Down syndrome, never misses a single night and regularly walks away with prizes for best costume.
"Hans loves bright colours", says mom Rita Aslot. "He wears a new set every year, always in cotton. He takes part in all the dance competitions and I opt for dhotis with elasticised waistbands because he feels most comfortable in them"
Yellow Cotton Dhoti
And continuing with the bright colour scheme is this one in butter yellow. It comes with an elasticised waistband and a really smart border on the folds and along the them near the feet.
This dhoti looks cool and comfortable for those night long dandiya sessions. The border is really striking with a series of lines in light shades of blue, red, green and maroon.
Available at limeroad
That's quite a selection we have for you!
* Prices may vary.
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