India is a land of culture and traditions. And the diversity is so amazing that the slight changes in traditions can be seen even at a mere distance of a few kilometers. With every state, the language, the food, and the costumes change. In this article, we have tried to list the various Indian traditional dresses of all states. Our dresses are as colorful and beautiful as the colors of our festival Holi. So read ahead and know about the Traditional Costumes of Indian states.
India is a country in the south on the largest subcontinent of Asia. And it is known for its rich cultural heritage and beautiful traditions. With 28 states and 8 union territories on its map, this is a huge nation with a huge population. But what binds it together is the love of its people for art, because what else is a dress? It is an art which is drawn on the various types of bodies. You will believe us when you see it for yourself.
So here is the list of Indian Traditional Dresses and Costumes from each State of the country, read ahead and be lost in the colorful beauty of the dresses:
Traditional Dresses of India
Assam is the eastern state with a unique dress code that is simple and sober in every way. The women’s attire is called Mekhela Sador which makes them look astonished and beautiful. The dress is made from silk variants paat, muga, and eri. The men keep themselves simple by wearing dhoti and kurta and accompanied by hand-woven scaff known as Gamesa.
The most energetic and fun-loving state of India Punjab depicts the enthusiasm and free spirit from their dresses. The women wear colorful ghagras and Patiala Salwar and Chudidars while men wear kurtas and Muktasri Pajamas with Pagri. These colorful dresses bring energy within the soul and fill it with love and calmness.
3. Jammu And Kashmir
Jammu and Kashmir now come under 8 Union Territories of India, but Jammu and Kashmir have their unique traditional dresses so we are keeping Jammu and Kashmir on our list.
The heaven of India, Jammu, and Kashmir is a beautiful place to visit. Their folk dress enhances the beauty of mountains and greenery. Their dresses have a fusion of bright colors. Pheran is the traditional dress for both men and women. The pheran is accompanied by a headdress named Abaya which is a shiny thing and as for men, turbans with Pathani suit is the ultimate combination as their folk dress.
Kerala is known for its purity and decency. Women in Kerala wear traditional white sari with a golden border known as Mundum Neriyathum. Apart from this women also wear Kanchipuram silk sarees. However, men wear the Mundu same as women’s Mundum but slightly shorter in length with a lungi. The major color for Kerala dresses is white.
5. Andhra Pradesh
The dress code for Andhra Pradesh is quite similar to that of other south Indian states but with small variations. In Andhra Pradesh, women wear silk handloom sarees rich in textures and colors. The young women also wear 2 piece saree called Langa Voni. The males of the state wear either lungi or dhoti with kurta in white color.
Just like its neighbor Punjab, Haryana too is an enthusiastic and energetic state. Here women generally wear a special type of Ghagra Choli which includes long ankle skirts called daaman, a Kurti, and chunder known as odni. The whole dress is splashed in different colors. The men of the state wear complete white dhoti kurta and their traditional pagri with beautiful jutis as footwear.
7. Tamil Nadu
Famous for its Kanjivaram Sarees, Tamil Nadu has the most simple and colorful dress that comprises of Silk Saree for women. Pavada and Dhavani are the 2 kinds of saree that are worn by women. Half sarees are also considered as the traditional dress for Tamil Nadu. Men in Tamil Nadu usually dressed up in Lungi and shirts. Lungi is traditionally called Veshti in Tamil Nadu.
Full of colors and dance, Gujarat’s traditional dresses are far more mesmerizing than any other. Women in Gujarat wear the traditional dress called Chaniya Choli comprising 3 garments i.e. ghagra, choli, and veil. The dress is embodied with various glasses, threads, colors and is worn during Navratri. Men’s wear includes dhotis or pajamas with kurtas or bandis which is called chorno and kediyu.
9. Arunachal Pradesh
One of the famous northeastern states has a unique attire as a traditional dress. Women of Arunachal Pradesh wear full sleeves coats which are more like jackets. This coat is put on the waist with the help of a belt tied over it called Mushaik. The men’s wear is fascinating including green lungis which are interwoven with red, white, and yellow strips and dressed up with sleeves shirt of silk.
Maharashtra’s culture is dated back centuries and is one of the most famous and iconic traditions. The traditional dress of Maharashtra includes sarees for women called Nauwari Saree or Lugda that is worn up to knee length. It’s the style of wearing a saree similar to dhoti that makes it look different from others and doesn’t require a petticoat to wear underneath. The men wear dhotis typically called dhotar with tight-sleeved shirts and pagadi.
Chattisgarh women wear saree in a typical style called Kachhora which is made from cotton, silk, or linen in different and vibrant colors worn especially by tribal women. Males as usual wear Dhotis called Pancha.
A state known for its beaches and western culture has its Indian Traditional Attire. The dress code of women isn’t much different that from of Maharashtrians. They wear a costume called Pano Bhaju which a 9 meters long saree worn as a lungi. The dress code for men is simple including half pants, colored shirts with bamboo hats.
A tribal state whose traditional dress codes are determined by the tribal elements. A traditional dress for women is called Angami which is a sleeveless dress worn over the petticoat and a white skirt named Pfemhou. The dress code for men is very interesting which includes kilt and wrapper, extended by shawl which is called Ratapfe. The dress has mostly red.
14. Himachal Pradesh
A beautiful state covered in mountains has a rich traditional costume which is a mixture of colors and various ornaments. Women wear kurtas, a ghagra lehenga choli with scarves, and shawls. Pashmina shawls are one of the most iconic woolen clothing to give warmness. On the other hand menswear pajamas with coarse kurtas accompanied by Himachal caps.
A state with a large number of tribes and forests is rich in culture. Here, women wear Parthan as an upper garment and Panchi as a lower garment. Tussar silk sarees are very famous while men are dressed up in kurtas, pajamas, or even shirts too.
Known for its monsoon and dense forests, Meghalaya is rich in culture and tradition. It has a variety of tribes and different tribes have different attires. Generally, women in Meghalaya wear Dhara or jainsen which is an unstitched garment that goes around the body like a cylindrical shape. However, men wear pieces of dhotis around their waist and coats without collars. Apart from this, there are other dresses also which are worn by people of Meghalaya.
17. Madhya Pradesh
The center, the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh is a state which has a simple and sober folk dress. The men wear simple dhoti, kurta, shirt with coats which is called Bandi or Mirzai with a turban called Safa. The attire of women is quite simple i.e lehenga and choli and a special orhni called Lugra.
One of the seven sisters, Manipur traditional dress is full of colors and different textures. The women here wear a dress called Phanek which is the skirt wore beneath the waist along with a sarong wrapped completely around the chest. A shawl is also worn around the neck to complete a women’s dress. On the other hand, men simply wear dhoti and a jacket as the traditional dress.
The state is known for its Kings & Queens, Palaces and Forts, Spices and Deserts. The tradition of Rajasthan is far richer than any other state. Here men wear kurta, pajama, Kamar band, angarkha, and a safa (turban). The dress code for women is filled with colors and that includes ghagras as a long skirt with long sleeves blouse called Kanchi or Kurti and odnis to cover their faces.
A peaceful state has a different attire than any other. Here the women wear sarees with a beautiful border called Dhardia. Sambalpuri sarees are commonly worn by women with the pallu covering the bosom and the free end is going over the shoulder. The Odisha men wear a simple dress that includes dhoti, kurta, and gamucha. The style of wearing dhoti is different by keeping plates in front of the body.
A small state but rich in ethnic wear. Here both men and women have the same attire. The women wear Risa on the upper body to cover up the chest and Rikutu to cover up the torso. The same Rikutu is worn by men to cover up the loin and shirt to cover up the upper body with a gamucha.
22. Uttar Pradesh
The dress code of Uttar Pradesh is very much similar to the other Indian States. Here women normally wear ghagra choli, kurta, salwar, and sarees while the men wear a lungi, pajama along with turban or pagri. It doesn’t have its own unique traditional dress.
Similar to Uttar Pradesh, Telangana itself doesn’t have any specific attire. However, the women of Telangana wear sarees, Langa vonis, and salwar kameez and whereas men wear dhotis called Pancha.
Just like the other East Indian States, the dress code of Mizoram is unique in colors, design, and patterns. Here the men wear 7 to 5 feet of cloth over the body paired with white-colored coats and red bands from neck to thighs. Traditional dress for women is called Puan which is the black and white color attire with a blouse called kawrechi.
The attire of Sikkim people is very fashionable and common for both men and women. Males wear Baku which is a loosely fitted trouser with leather belts and leather boots. The attire is simple and appealing. On the other hand, women wear full-sleeved silk blouses called honju along with scarves or shawls.
26. West Bengal
Famous for its Bengal White Tiger, West Bengal is also famous for its traditional dress. The women of Bengal wear saree of sanatpuri style and are of white and red in color. Whereas Bengali men wear Dhoti or Panjabi with Kurta as their traditional dress.
Women in Uttarakhand wear long skirts called ghagra with choli and on the other hand males dress up themselves in kurta, pajamas, and dhotis with a cap called Jawahar Topi.
There isn’t much difference in the attire of the Bihar dress code. The males prefer wearing a dhoti, kurta, and mirjai as their folk dress and women prefer wearing Tassar saree in a Seedha Anchal Style.
Just like other south Indian states, Karnataka also has a silk attire tradition dress. Men in Karnataka wear Panche under the long shirt accompanied by Mysore Para. On the other hand, women wear silk saree with different wrapping styles.
We hope you liked this article on Indian Traditional Dresses The actual beauty of India is not that it follows traditions; its actual beauty is in its diversity. No matter to which part of the country a person belongs to, he can be seen wrapped up and happy in a traditional aspect from another part of the country. Have a great day ahead.