(Last Updated on : 21/11/2016)
India is a nation that is so vibrant and diverse that every state
as well as the union territories
exhibits a different culture
, tradition, a way of life, language
. India consists of 28 States and 7 Union Territories. The culture, religion
, languages spoken
and attire of the people of India are as diverse as the landscape of this vast country. Due to its diversity this cultural hub does not have just one dress, which can be called the National Dress or Indian Dress.
Costumes of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
The lifestyle of people of Dadra and Nagar Haveli
is influenced by the Portuguese
culture. Men in Dadra and Nagar Haveli are spotted in a waistcoat and a shirt, and a long Dhoti
along with a headgear called Varli. Women of Dadra and Nagar Haveli wear Lugden which goes to the length of the knee, Padar which is a cloth used to cover the body. Women of Dodhia and Kokna tribe wear sarees
of blue and other colours. These tribal women are also seen wearing tattoos on their bodies.
Costumes of Chandigarh
People in Chandigarh
are spotted wearing colourful clothes with a wide range of designs and fabrics. Kurta-Pajamas
are seen on both women and men. This is their basic traditional Haryanvi attire which is popular all over the Punjab
state. A turban
completes the look of the men of Haryana
Costumes of Puducherry
People in Puducherry
have a western sense of clothing. The men are spotted in shirts and pants or jeans while the women in Puducherry wear long skirts with a blouse.
Costumes of Delhi
is a place where people from different states have settled for various business and career opportunities, education and other such things. Though generally the men and women are seen in western outfits like jeans, top, Capris, long skirts, T-shirts, shirts with waistcoats and other such stuffs but the traditional dress of Delhi remains Salwar-Kameez with a dupatta
for women and an equivalent traditional outfit like dhoti-Kurta
, Kurta-Pajamas and Sherwani
for men. They wear these on festivals
and other special occasions.
Costumes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Earlier people in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
were seen wearing unusual attire inspired from forests
such as coconut
-leaf petticoats etc. Few tribes even today walk nude such as the people from Sentinelese tribe
. The other tribal people from Shompen
also walk nude except they wear clothes from their waist. Though now the people of Andaman and Nicobar islands have taken to modern ways of lifestyle.
Costumes of Lakshadweep Islands
The people in Lakshadweep
are seen in colourful attires. The women in Lakshadweep wear Kanchi, which is worn from waist and is a rectangular piece of cloth. Its borders are black with its colour either white or black. Men, on the other hand wear a Lungi which is coloured and is fixed with a silver thread from front.
Costumes of Daman and Diu
Daman and Diu
is located in the state of Goa
. People here wear colourful attires. The men dress in Pathani suits, Kurta-Pajamas and Dhotis. Women wear Nauvari saree
, Kashti, Pano Bhaju and other such traditional outfits. Their clothing is full of vibrant colours.