Across daily life as well as festive occasions in the Indian subcontinent, we see the prominent use of forms of clothing that date back thousands of years. While these are related closely to individual and collective identities, they also reflect how textiles can lend themselves to so many styles and silhouettes.
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Terms to know
A genre of sculpture that arose and developed between 100 B.C.E. and 700 C.E. in the ethnically diverse and religiously tolerant cultures of the ancient region of Gandhara, in the northwest of the ancient Indian subcontinent. The body of sculptural art from this period, in the form of reliefs and freestanding work serving mostly as expressions of Buddhist faith, is unique for its syncretic character, combining stylistic influences of the Hellenistic, Persian and Kushan cultures.
Within the Mahayana tradition of the Buddhist faith, it refers to any figure who has renounced society and is on the path of enlightenment. The term is a combination of sattva, meaning “sentient being,” and bodhi, meaning “enlightenment.” In the Theravada tradition, however, it refers specifically to stories from the life of the Buddha before he achieved enlightenment.
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