THE DIVERSE CLOTHING STYLES IN HIMACHAL PRADESH
Himachal Pradesh, one of the untouched, pristine and the most popular states in India has a diverse clothing style. Himachal is a home to various tribal groups consisting of distinctive traditional costumes. Let’s have a look at some of the well-known tribal groups and their traditional costumes.
Gaddis, Kinnaurs, Gujjars, Gadoun and Tanolis are the major tribal groups of Himachal. Other groups include Brahmins, Rajputs, Kolis, Gurkhas and Kannets.
Dhoti, kurta, coat, waistcoat, turban and hand towel form the traditional wardrobe of Brahmins. Rajput men take pride in their history as warriors and often display great valour. They wear churidar pajamas, starched turban, and a fitting long coat.
Gaddis is the most infamous tribe of Himachal Pradesh. They are shepherds and their work greatly influences their dressing style. They wear special coats and topi to keep them warm in the freezing temperatures. The women dress in colourful clothes with similar silhouettes to men.
Kinnaur is another known community amongst Himachali tribes. Kinnaur women wear a peculiar the head-gear with heavy jewellery around their eyes and nose.
They also wear woollen clothes and wrap a woollen shawl around themselves which is called Dohru. They prefer dark colors for Dohru. Choli is a full sleeved blouse with beautiful embroidery adorned by Kinnauri women.
Gujjars are the semi-nomadic tribes and that look after goats, sheep, and buffaloes. They migrate to the upper parts of Himalayas during the summer and return when the weather becomes cold. They sell milk, ghee, and other dairy products for a living.
This beautiful attire in the picture above is what a Gujjar woman typically wears. Men tie their turbans the Mughal way.
They speak many languages like pahari, dogri, Kashmiri, Urdu and Hindi.
Himachali wardrobe essentials consist of Himachali Topi, shawls with delicate motifs, Pattoo (worn by women in Kullu) and Pashmina Shawls which are famous worldwide. Shivaratri fair, Shoolini Mela and Naina Devi fair are some of the most famous fairs organised in Himachal Pradesh. Their cuisine is very similar to the North Indian cuisine but has a touch of their special Himachali dishes like Bal Mithai, Chouck, Pateer, Madira etc.
These costumes are slowly fading away and getting replaced by the tight-fitting, strapless tops, one-pieces and other western clothes.
We can be a little innovative and incorporate the Himachali style in our daily looks.
Flowing skirts are in these days and we can get their style on our skirts to give a little twist to our wardrobe. Some nice, printed skirts with three fourth sleeved short tops can be interesting.
Get a nice and colourful Pashmina shawl for winters. It is trendy and will also keep you warm during the chilling winter season. Men can opt for intricately embroidered Himachali topis which are bound to turn heads.
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