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Foreign Fashion Vocab

A reference for the more obscure and unfamiliar ethnic vocabulary used in our blog posts.

Bindi – Forehead decoration, usually a small dot or jeweled design
Choli – Cropped short-sleeved shirt
Dupatta (or Chunni) – Long scarf worn over the shoulders or hair
Henna – Red-orange dye extracted from the Henna plant
Lehenga (or Lengha) – Outfit consisting of a skirt and a choli
Mehendi (or Mehndi) – Temporary skin decoration made of henna paste and usually applied in intricate patterns to the hands and feet
Sari – Long piece of cloth which is wrapped around a woman’s body in a variety of ways
Tika (or Tilaka) – Decorative chain ending in a pendant, worn in the part of a woman’s hair

Eri – Collar
Furisode – “Swinging Sleeve”, Longer kimono sleeves worn by un-married women
Geta – Wooden sandals
Hakama – Pleated skirt traditionally worn for men; used today by practitioners of martial arts, Shinto, or for formal occasions
Haori – Formal hip or thigh-length kimono jacket, traditionally worn by men
Kanzashi – Hair ornaments
Naga-juban – White kimono undergament
Obi – Belt
Sode – Sleeve
Tabi – Socks with divided toes
Uchikake – Very formal kimono “coat”, made to be worn long enough to fan on the floor
Yukata – Casual version of a kimono worn in the summer
Zori – Cloth, leather, or grass-woven sandals

Hannukah – An eight day long Jewish holiday in December, also known as the Festival of Lights
Menorah – A nine-branched candelabrum used to celebrate Hannukah
Yarmulke – Rounded cap traditionally worn by Orthodox Jewish men


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