The Dhoti, also known as, Vesti, dhuti, mardani, chaadra, dhotar, or panchey, is a type of garment that outwardly resembles trousers. It is a lower wear garment, part of Ethnic wear for men in the Indian subcontinent. Dhoti is worn with kurta or very older people who used to wear it with just a cloth wrapped on top, like Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi used to wear.
The Dhoti evolved much since ancient times, which was moved across the legs, tucked at one's back, covered the legs loosely, then flowed into long pleats at the front of the legs, the same way It is worn nowadays as formal Dhoti.
While informal Dhoti wraps around both legs firmly, in this style the backside of the Dhoti is pulled to the front and tucked at the waist, before tucking the two loose ends at the back, creating firmly fitted trouser-like Dhoti that wraps around both legs.
In the context of clothing, the word dhoti refers to the cleansed garment, which was worn as part of everyday attire in ancient times.
At present, it is worn by cultural people of south Indian, very less by west Indian people, Tibetans living in India, and preacher of Hindu religion (pandits). In south India, it is a must to wear Dhoti before entering some selective temples.
It is also worn as a wedding dress in some southern and very less western regions of India.
There are various other names of Dhoti in different languages and different regions like Dhotī-Sanskrit/pali/Hindi, Mardaani-Hindi, Chaadra-Punjabi, Dhotiyu-Gujarati,Vaetti-Tamil, Dhovathi-Telugu.
Dhotis come in plain or solid colors, silk dhotis with embroidered borders are considered formal wear for marriages or traditional wear. Plain white Dhoti or light saffron color dhoti is daily worn for followers of tradition and preachers.
It is very affordable as it is a simple or little bit embroidered unstitched cloth of long length. It can be easily bought from any cloth store or online sites as well.