Dadra and Nagar Haveli, situated on the west of the western Ghats,is replete with the ethnic culture of tribes. The main tribes include Dodhia, Kokna and Varli. Above 62%of the population in Dadra and Nagar Haveli is tribal.
The costume of the men of Varlis origin , the largest tribal community, comprises of a loin-cloth , a waist-long coat, and a headgear i.e., a turban .
The Varli women, wrap themselves round the waist in Lugden (a one yard sari), reaching down till the knee and another piece of cloth called Padar. Women love to deck themselves in silver and white ornaments.
Dhodia men, cover themselves in a white knee-length Dhoti , topped off by a shirt or a waistcoat. They, like the Varli to act as the headdress, a cap of white or coloured shades . The Dhodia men are inclined towards wearing ornaments, such as earrings and silver chains, encircling the waist.
The traditional costume of the Dodhia women, on the other hand, is a dark blue saree, stretching upto the knees, and with the aanchal , enveloping the front portion of the body. Beads necklaces of resplendent hues, metal bangles on wrists and dainty metal Kadas (a kind of anklet) round the ankles, augment the natural beauty of the woman folk.
The costume of the Koknas, is much akin to that of the other tribes. The sturdy Kokna men, don themselves in Dhoti, coming down till the knees, a waist coat or shirt. A turban furnishes a Kokna man with dignity.
Kokna women flaunt themselves in sarees of myriad colours, either knee-long or toe-long. An additional adornment catered by the Kokna men and women is a tattoo-painting, on the forehead and on other parts of the body.
It is wonderful to watch that the costumes of Dadar and Nagar Haveli , has a simple as well as aesthetic complexion.