Sunday, August 25, 2013

Traditional Costumes of Uttarakhand for Men and Women


Clothing of Uttarakhand depicts the lifestyle, tradition and religion of the ethnic communities (Kumaoni and Garhwalis) of the northern state of India. Uttarakhand is bordering with the neighboring states Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. So, the people have adopted the traditional and lifestyle of these states as well. There are many Bengalis, Punjabis, Tibetan and Nepalis have settled in Uttarakhand. Garhwal hills have their own pattern of wearing costumes as per their cold climate. Wool obtained from sheep or goat for manufacturing warm clothes.



Costumes of Women in Uttarakhand 

There is a long skirt known as Ghagri which is worn with a choli and Orni. Both Kumaoni and Garhwali women wear this dress. The customary bridal dress of the locals is Ghaghra Lehenga and choli, and Pichora Ghaghra. Pichora or Rangwali is designed with silver and gold tatting. Married women put on a black necklace i.e. Chareu. Hansuli is a beautiful ornament, a type of necklace, designed in pure gold or silver.

Ethnic people cover themselves from Sarong, a mantle-type dress, tightened with a blouse. Rangwalis or Muslim veils are popular costumes in Uttarakhand. They are available in a variety of colors and a holy acquaintance of marriage.

Costumes of Men in Uttarakhand 

Dhoti or Lungi is worn by many men, which is a lower-garment. The upper-garment is Kurta. Men love to wear turban or headgear which is a part of their traditional costume. There is another alternative dress i.e. Kurta-Pajamas for men that is widespread in this part of India.

Both men and women wear woolen jackets and sweaters in winter. In towns like Rishikesh and Dehradun the influence of western clothing can be seen among youngsters.