CHAPTER – 11
CLOTHING FOR PILOTS
The chapter on special clothing prescribed for the aviator throws
light on the comprehensive manner in which aviation and it’s
peripherals had been perceived. Like in modern high-speed aviation,
special flying suits for pilots had been visualized by the ancient
scientists as well.
Highlights of the soothras are:
To provide season-compatible clothing
Attire is specially provided as a protection against harmful forces,
energy beams, climatic effects. It is also a means to improve his
efficiency, strength and resistance.
“Pata Samskara Ratnaakara” is the guiding text and preceptor quoted
The raw materials quoted for manufacture of the special fabric
include silk, cotton, moss, hair, mica and leather.
Process-intensive methods of manufacture are stipulated.
Draping of apparel is stated to be governed by the prescription of
The study team points out that this aspect on occupational clothing
has not been picked-up by any researcher so far for hardware
Identification of materials, development of their processing methods
must have been broad based on sound textile technology, exclusive
for aviation application.
Ergonomic and Aesthetic factors seem to have been taken into
consideration fully up to the extent of smart draping of the apparel.
‘Ayurveda’ must have played a significant part in guiding this
Raw materials going into the fabric prescribed such as silk, leather
and even hair suggests that basic material research in this
technology must have been highly advanced.
Note: The project study team, in course of their data generation
visited a Veda Vignana Ashram near Bangalore carrying out some
practical research on ancient sciences. Two researchers in the
ashram, both chemical engineers have started work on synthesizing
the fabric for pilots as specified here. Their research however is
in preliminary stages.