The term ‘matching outfit’ is used to describe the traditional garb worn by young women in Indian homes, most of which have a pattern of embroidery, or designs of animals, plants and birds.
The word ‘match’ is a Sanskrit word meaning to “match”.
It is also used to refer to an event in which two individuals come together to create something that is unique and special.
For instance, a young couple would meet, exchange gifts and share a meal together.
They would then meet at a restaurant where they would make a meal, and then walk to the same location where they were eating, with the aim of making a matching outfit.
The meal would then be shared at the same time.
It is common for young people to wear matching outfits to events to represent their relationship, or the love they share with another.
A girl’s outfit is not only a symbol of belonging to a family, but it also reflects her self-worth, confidence and social status, said Vikram Singh, director, Kannadigas Association.
“It is a reflection of her status and how she looks in front of others, how she expresses herself,” he said.
Singh also said the tradition of matching outfits is also seen in many cultures and that many families have similar rituals to mark the anniversary of a child’s birth.
“The children are very much part of their families, so there is a big tradition of making their own outfits for them,” he added.
According to Singh, the practice of matching with the same outfit is also a reflection on a boy and a girl’s gender.
“You are more likely to find a boy with a matching dress and a boy wearing matching shoes, or a girl with a girl and boy wearing the same pair of matching clothes,” he explained.
For this reason, many girls’ outfits are often designed in such a way that they resemble the male form and a man’s form, with a contrasting colour or pattern.
“Many times, the man will have an outfit that has a lot of details in it, like a red dress or a red necklace.
So, he is making a statement that he has something to prove,” he told MTV News.
While the girls are dressing up in the matching outfits for a special occasion, they also dress in their traditional garbs in order to represent the family and the traditions that have been passed down to them.
Singhan added that the idea behind the tradition is to highlight the family bond between the two parents.
“I think we also want to be able to show that the parents are really committed to their children, they are giving them everything that they need, and we want to make sure that they get the best out of them,” said Singh.
In India, the tradition has become very popular in recent years, especially among women.
“It is very fashionable, there are so many things that you can do for your children in the home, especially for the birthday parties,” said Jodhika Singh, who runs the Kendra and Kannada website.