The Spanish retailer ZARA, known for its upmarket styles, has launched a chequered mink-coloured skirt that bears a striking resemblance to a lungi (pronounced “loongi”) or a traditional sarong worn by men and women, especially across villages in India and parts of south Asia.
Zara’s website details the piece of clothing as a “Flowing skirt with draped detail in the front. Front slit detail at the hem. Zip fastening in the back hidden along the seam.”
But one cannot overlook the similarities between the highly-priced skirt and the lungi, as noted by British newspaper Metro UK. The ankle-length lungi, which costs a fraction of Zara’s skirt, also usually bears chequered patterns in a variety of colours.
The Lungi is commonly spotted across the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and parts of east and north India. It is also popular in other south and southeast Asian nations like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Maldives, and Indonesia.