Traditional & Cultural Costumes of Indian States

India is a vast and diverse country. The different culture, religion and values exist together in India. This is the beauty of the country and thus wide cultural fusion can be seen. The dresses or the costumes have the major impacts on the different culture. The existence of different cultures and values can be spotted with different costumes in the country.

There are some common ethnic costumes in India that are common throughout. However, the style of wearing it is different as per the tradition and culture. Well, this is the beauty of India and commonly known as the Unity in Diversity.


Dhoti and Kurta

This is the most common traditional costumes for Indian men. In most of the regions of India, the tradition is followed. However, as said the style of the attire changes as per the culture. In the South Indian states of India, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana and Kerala dhoti is the traditional costumes. However, they wear it untied and simply wear it as pants. On the other hand, in the North Indian states like Jammu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and in the eastern states like West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand and others have different styles of wearing. All of them tend to tie the dhoti to the back side with a fold. Kurta varies in size in different areas. In North India the size of Kurta is short but in Bengal it is long.


Kurta and Pajama

Kurta and Pajama are again not so different costume for men. It is mostly wore in Punjab and Delhi states as part of traditional costume. However, the impact of the same can be noticed even in the Wastern and Eastern regions as well.



This is probably the most common traditional costume for women. Most of the region in India see the women in sarees. Well, the style however differs. The Kanchipuram, South Indian Silk, Pallu, Chennai Silk, Nalli Silk are very common sarees in South India. The Banarasi is one of the famous sarees in North. Bengal is also famous for sarees and have different sarees like Tant, Baluchuri, Moslin and others. However, with the passage of time the style and types of sarees in India have crossed the regions and is now mostly followed by everyone. The new design sarees are also very common in India now.


Salwar Kameez

Salwar Kameez is also very common for women in India. However, the costume is mostly followed in the North Indian states. The variety can also be seen in the costumes. The Salwar Kameez in Punjab is different and is called as the Patiali style whereas the neighbouring Haryana has different style.


Traditional caps

The costume of India can never be completed without discussing it. The caps are famous in states like Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, North Eastern states and others. These caps represent the culture and tradition of the various states. The caps also different from one another places.


The large variety and diversity of India in costumes is hard to be bound in words. The style and nature of costumes even get changed within regions.


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