Draped in Culture: Exploring the Traditional Dresses of Uttarakhand’s Diverse Communities

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Traditional Dress of Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand, often referred to as the DEV Bhoomi (Land of Gods), stands out as the most vibrant state in India, boasting a rich culture, delectable cuisines, vibrant attires, and exquisite jewelry styles.

The traditional dresses of Uttarakhand are a testament to the diversity and distinctiveness of the communities residing in the region. Let’s delve into the unique traditional attires of different communities in Uttarakhand.

Garhwali Community:

Uttarakhand Garhwali Community

Men’s Garhwali Dress:
Men's Garhwali Dress:

Garhwali men don a yellow-colored kurta paired with a dhoti for their wedding attire.

Women’s Garhwali Dress:
Women's Garhwali Dress
Garhwali women wear sarees in a unique and elegant manner. The saree is worn on the front side, with the pallu (the crucial part of a saree) draped in the front and knotted on the shoulder. A waistband, made of cloth, completes the traditional look. The saree is accompanied by a full-sleeved blouse or Angra, with the fabric varying based on the region’s weather conditions. This attire facilitates ease of movement for women working in the fields. The saree is complemented by the “Hansuli,” a silver or gold necklace worn by married women.

Kumaoni Community:

Men’s Kumaoni Dress:

Kumaoni men, like their Garhwali counterparts, wear kurta and pajama along with a turban or topi. They distinguish their look with special neck jewelry specific to the Kumaon region.

Women’s Kumaoni Dress:
Women's Kumaoni Dress

Women in the Kumaon region wear ghagra-kameez, consisting of a colorful skirt (ghagra) paired with a kameez or blouse. The distinctive factor is the Pichoras, a garment worn on festive occasions and weddings. Traditionally handmade, Pichoras are now sometimes machine-made.

Tribal Community:

Uttarakhand is home to five main tribes: Tharu, Jannsari, Buksa, Bhotia, and Raji. Here are the traditional dresses of two main tribes:

Bhotia Tribe:

Men’s Traditional Dress:
Bakhu:

A loose garment knotted around the neck and tied at the waist with a silk or cotton belt. Paired with loose trousers.

Chhuba:

A robe with wide, elongated sleeves tied around the waist with a woolen girdle. The upper folds form pockets known as “Ampa.”

Women’s Traditional Dress:

Honju:

A waist-length choli or blouse with a front-end opening and small-sized buttons.

Chhua:

A gown-like garment in dark colors, wrapped around the waist and tightened with a belt.

Jaunsari Tribe:

Men’s Traditional Dress:

Men's Traditional Dress

Colorful attires adorned with earrings, kadas, and necklaces.

Women’s Traditional Dress:

woman traditional dress of uttarakhan

Ghagra, a woolen coat, and dhantu, a scarf. For special occasions, they wear Thalka or Lohiya, a long coat.

These diverse and vibrant traditional dresses showcase the rich cultural tapestry of Uttarakhand, each community contributing its unique style. Which of these traditional dresses captivates you the most? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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