Be it food, languages, dance forms, or dresses, every culture in India brings something new to diversify the nation. There are various festivals, traditions, and norms they follow with every culture, which the most prominent one is the dressing style. It can be wearing an entirely different kind of outfit or styling the wearing the same outfit differently.
However, we can see Indians leading towards Westernization and trying out off-shoulder tops, dresses, shorts, and more, but still, the charm of ethnicity remains the same. Be it a simple pooja at home or a grand occasion, women and men throughout the country are seen wearing their traditional outfits now and then. And, if it is a village, you might see no western wear at all.
If you are not a traditional person, you have reached a good place just exploring new kinds of outfits. Let us have a look at different traditional wear options you can try if you are visiting a new place and you want to dress up like the people there:
Wore as Lehnga in weddings and parties, Ghagra Choli is a whole set of outfits for women majorly worn in the Gujarat and Rajasthan region. But, the Lehngas you see in weddings worn by rich, progressive women are way different from what the traditional outfit is. This outfit in Rajasthan is worn with a lot of silver jewelry and dupatta, which is kept on the head and sometimes covers the whole face too. In Gujrat, it is worn in a different style, but will dupatta too. Therefore, the next time you have a Navratri celebration in your locality and do dress up traditionally, you feel like playing with dandiya.
Salwar and kameez
Not only it’s the most comfortable attire of Indian women, but also the most common one. Earlier it was just worn by Punjabi, Himachali, or Muslim women, but now it is found in all parts of the country. It is also worn in a set; one in the upper part of the attire – kameez (along the top which has slits on both sides) and the lower is Salwar (a fluffy kind of trousers). Also, for most married women in India, it is like when in doubt, wear salwar kameez.
The most beautiful part of Indian attires is that not only with cultures but the dressing style of people also changes even according to the geographical and climatic conditions. And one such very unique piece of cloth is Pheran – a long gown – worn by both men and women of Kashmir in winters. Have you ever seen the pictures of men and women wearing traditional clothes with loads of silver jewelry and a basket of flowers in their hands? Yes, that picture is also clicked in Kashmir as a conventional takeaway from the beautiful valleys of the region.
Traditional attire worn by women of Mizoram, Puanchei is an ethnic dress usually worn during traditional festivals like weddings. This is a dress that is paired with kawrechi or a blouse. So, the next time you visit Mizoram, try wearing this sweet yet stylish outfit and click a lot of pictures.
This is a style Bengali women opt to drape their sarees. Red and white sarees and big red dots on the forehead? Yes, you have guessed right. This is the style you recognize from the famous Bollywood film ‘Devdas.’
In the Maharashtra region, women have a very different way of draping sarees too. This is the kind you must have seen in many Bollywood films or Ganesh Pooja pictures.
Some regions of India have a common way to carry their saree, and it is the seedha pallu (straight drape). This kind of style is usually found in regions like Gujarat, UP, and Odisha.
Why should we only talk about women and their outfits? Even men have a variety of options when it comes to traditional wear. One such gorgeous option is Sherwani. It is just the standard version of Kurta Pyjama and is worn as a traditional replacement for suits and tuxedos. Earlier, it was said to be a north Indian outfit, but now you can see anyone wearing it on special occasions like weddings.
An elementary version of Sherwani and a very comfortable traditional option for men is the most popular option found in the wardrobes of all ages. A kurta is worn on the top with a pyjama as the bottoms. It is popular throughout India. Yes, it looks formal and classier when worn with vaskets. You must be recalling where have you seen this outfit? Well, most of the politicians in India dress up in this.
Now you know what Sherwani is and what Kurta is but did you know that instead of wearing straight trousers, you can also wear this beautiful draped option as a lower too? It is the most ancient attire of Indian men, and now it is returning as a classy option to wear on special occasions.
So, this was our list of traditional attire options from different parts of the country. However, they aren’t just limited to these 10. Every aspect of the country has some other way of wearing clothes or wearing entirely different attire too. If you are a fan of different cultures and follow ‘when in Rome, be like Romans’ seriously, you must know about these different Indian traditional attires and try them when you visit a new place in India.