The Kachera, one of the five Kakars (K’s) is a cotton undergarment worn knee length. It symbolizes dignity, modesty and honor. From a practical health perspective, the kachaera creates a pocket of air around the thigh that balances minerals in the body, specifically calcium and magnesium. The Indian style features the nala, or draw-string (although elastic is an option) as was originally given and is considered a part of the technology. The symbolic gesture of tying the string in a knot reminds one of their purity, chastity and grace and, outside of marriage, to view each male as a brother, uncle, son or husband and woman as sister, aunt, wife or daughter. Two styles. Left: Indian Kachera with nala (drawstring) or elastic and American Kachera worn closer to the body.