We are one country which has the wealth of diverse traditions and culture. With uniqueness in the form of languages, food and attire, we are the nation that can boast of unity in diversity with pride. Let us have a look at some of our traditional dresses of India which have become popular globally as well.
Worn by men, the kurta-pyjama is worn across India. Be it a festive occasion or tradition ceremonies, the kurta is worn along with either the pyjama or churidaar. The other variety of this attire is the pathani suit (most commonly seen in Srinagar), which has become the fashion trend lately.
This traditional attire of India is most commonly worn in South India. They are made of silk or cotton and are a good respite from the summer heat. Most traditional ceremonies see men dressed up in lungis, not to forget the famous bhangra dance where the dancers look spellbinding in the lungi.
Dhoti is mainly worn by villagers of India. However we nowadays see men wearing dhoti in combination with sherwani during wedding ceremonies as well. One can see men wearing dhoti across India.
This traditional dress of Kashmir is a full length gown which is mostly worn during winter and is popular form of dressing amongst both men and women.
This traditional dress of Mizoram is worn by women during festive occasions or marriage ceremonies. It is worn along with kawrechi, blouse for the girls, while performing the famous Bamboo dance.
A replacement of the ghagra is sharara or gharara which is a loose pleated embroidered trouser. It is worn commonly along with a long kameez and a dupatta. It is the traditional Lucknowi attire which originated during the era of the Nawabs.
Sherwani is a coat like attire worn by men. It is traditionally worn on formal occasions by men primarily of Northern descent. Another variation of it is the Achkan, a knee length jacket.
3. Ghagra Choli
Ghagra or Lehenga Choli is commonly worn by people from Gujarat and Rajasthan. There are different forms of this attire that are worn; one is the embroidered version which is worn during wedding ceremonies and the other is mirror embellished ghagra worn during the festive time of Navratri. Donned with the odhni this attire becomes more graceful.
2. Salwar or Churidar and Kameez
In the list of famous traditional dresses of India, this is the famous dressing combination well adapted across the nation. Some might replace the salwar with churidar and the kameez length can vary from short kurti’s to ankle length anarkali suits. This was primarily the traditional dress of people from Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana.
Saris have seen an evolution with the diverse styles it offers. The most popular types are banarasi sari, kanjivaram sari, silk sari, pochampalli sari, patola sari etc. The draping style varies across the country; some drape it with the pallu on front and some with the pallu on back. This attire gives woman an elegant touch.