History Early period The origin of the Nair is disputed. Some people think the name itself is derived from nayaka , an honorific meaning "leader of the people", while others believe it stems from the community's association with the Naga cult of serpent worship. That work describes what is probably the Malabar coast area wherein could be found the "Nareae, who are shut in by the Capitalis range, the highest of all the mountains in India". Fuller believes it probable that the Nareae referred to the Nairs and the Capitalis range is the Western Ghats. A 16th Century European portrait. The majority of Nair men were trained in arms, and the traditional role of the Nairs was to fight in the continuous wars which characterized Kerala history.
Kerala Chechi Showing Cleavage Through Blouse - Indian Girls Club
Girl in nauvari sari a form of kachha nivi worn in Maharashtra. Newar bride and two women in sari, The Nivi drape was borne out of necessity to pander to Victorian sensibilities and is a vestige of the colonial past. Jnanadanandini Devi , sister-in-law of Rabindranath Tagore , crafted the Nivi drape and borrowed the blouse and petticoat as a means of fitting into a British dominated social structure while maintaining an Indian identity. The sari did not fit into the ethos of the Victorian era, which prioritized modesty over freedom of movement. The British could not accept the fluidity of Indian culture and felt the need to impose their singular world-view through political and cultural hegemony. The increased interaction with the British saw most women from royal families come out of purdah in the s.