Sea, desert, farming and cattle raising are included in Kutch's culture. It also includes people's dress ups, their festivals, their habits and their artistic side.
The clothes worn by Kutchis are more similar to the people of Rajasthan and Sindh. The old style Kutchi clothes really depict its culture. Villagers here wear 'Cheni'. On 'Cheni', they ware black, yellow and red border thin 'Khes', and on 'Cheni' they wear 'Abho' and put 'Ajrakh' on their shoulders. In old times people (men) used to wear a cap called 'Paagh'. They wear it with different styles. Man without 'Paagh' was considered shameful. If they don't wear 'Cheni', they wear 'Dhoti' made out of thick cloths. Men wear high heel, sharp pointed embroidery shoes. Rabari women wear hot 'Comdi'. Charan women wear 'Dhibdo' that is a blouse fully open from backside. They call Charan women 'Matama' or 'Fui'.
Jewelry of Kutch's Jat, Rabari, Aahir and Charan women depict their culture. Aahir women and children wear 'Haydi' whereas Jat women wear 'Vadlo' or 'Mkoda Chakkar' around their neck. 'Huldo' is wear by all women of Kutch. Muslim women wear artistic ankle bangals called 'Ghunla'. Rabari women's main jewel is 'Akota' that they wear in their nose. It is too heavy and so is supported by a look of hair. Men also wear 'Kadku' in ear.
Many cultural festivals are included in Kutch's life. They believe in 'Mataji's different 'Avatars'. They also worship pirs and Jakkhas. Religion and religious fairs are co-connected in Kutch's culture. One of such fair is at the time of Navratri. In Navaratri they have fair in Mata's Madh. People come walking for this fair. Among the biggest religious fairs, one is of Jakkha's fair that is the center of Kutch's culture. People from all over the Kutch come here in their traditional dresses.
They all sing songs in fair in night times. In Hajipir's fair not only Muslims but all kinds of people participate here. Among other religious fair is Bhujya's fair on the day of Nagpachami. Talvana's Ruknshapir's fair, Dhangadra's Dada Mekan's fair and Ramdevpir's fair near Vongh.
(Last Updated on : 19-01-2010)
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