I've always dabbled in art: pencil drawings, pencil-then-ink drawings, paintings in acrylic, stained glass.
I enjoy sketching and painting. There is something almost tribal in applying color to surfaces. Psychologists say that color subconsciously sets or influences mood and outlook. I agree with them. Bright colors make me happy, energized, gungho; subdued colors make me somber, serious, appreciative.
I will be introducing and commenting on a few of my artworks in this part of the website.
To kick things off, I start with this ink and colored pencil drawing.
I call it Yogi/ni Style for the reason that the wraparound skirt is more like a tube skirt. I use the word skirt, but it has immediate association with clothing traditionally worn by women. Perhaps a more universal term would be sarong, a word that indicates this casual style of clothing worn in Indonesia by both women and men. In fact, it is cross-gender
The excellent article at Wikipedia has photos and descriptions of the sarong style as seen by wearers in several dozen countries in Asia and the Middle East.
The garment is worn in East and South Africa, India, Maldives, Sri Lanka, South East Asia, and the Pacific Islands.
The word yogi is a Sanskrit word for someone (a male) who practices yoga. Adding the -ni suffix changes the reference to a female who practices yoga. But the garment could just as easily be worn by a sannyasin, a term that applies to someone (usually male) who is in the 4th and final stage of life (renunciator) and gives up all possessions, leaves house and family, and spends time on spiritual knowledge. Google sannyasin images and you will see that this loose wrap is also often worn by sannyasins.
There is a famous sannyasin Swami Vivekananda who travelled to America for the 1893 World Parliament of Religions. There are no photos of him wearing a lungi or sarong at that conference, but there is one on this page that features his poem The Song of the Sannyasin.
In the more formal snapshots, we can see that the sarong extends to about ankle length.
The advantage of having it tailor-made and sewn to form a just-a-bit opened kind of tube sarong and of having the sewn-in belt is that one would not need to continually or periodically tuck or tighten or adjust the garment which normally has no belt or string to tighten it.