Rajasthan has been always known for its culture, tradition, festivals, forts, palaces, and its rich history. Gosh! That list is so long and one thing is still missing here and that’s their traditional dresses. We surely can’t deny that the traditional dresses of Rajasthan are not the USP of the entire state.
That would be a heartbreaking comment to make because it isn’t a secret that tourists do find the Rajasthani traditional dresses to be fancy. Innumerable travellers also prefer dressing themselves off according to the traditional dresses and getting clicked.
And many people also buy these dresses as souvenirs from the city they are visiting. But before you buy them or even try them, it is very important to know about the options and a few key things, isn’t it?
So here we are with another list of “traditional dresses of Indian States” and today we are going to cover the popular Rajasthani traditional dresses to get clicked with.
Popular Rajasthani traditional dresses to get clicked with
|Traditional Dresses for Men||Traditional Dresses for Women|
|Pyjama||Odhni or Chunari|
|Bandhgala||Mojaris or Jootis|
|Pagri||Stone studded necklaces and jhumkas|
|Balis or rounded earrings|
Rajasthani Traditional Dresses for Men
In Rajasthan, the traditional dresses for men are totally different from that of women. The reason we are saying this is because if you go towards the northeastern side or in a few other regions of India there are some common dresses between men and women. So, let’s start with the list of traditional dresses for Rajasthani men.
A few of these attire elements resemble that to the kings and queens of their time. But that’s a discussion for any other blog. Let’s get started with our list.
Dhoti is one of the most important traditional dresses of Rajasthan that has been a part of their attire from ancient times. You can still find the Rajasthani men wearing it with pride. It is one of their essential things and most people wear it with a Kurta or Angrakha.
Highlights of Dhoti
- This is a piece of cloth That is common in many parts of the country like Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Bihar, and some North-Eastern Indian states.
- This is a cloth that is wrapped around the hips and the thigh and tied on the waist belt.
- There are different ways of tying Dhoti but when it comes to Rajasthani they take the cloth from between the legs too tired from the bank giving a good look to the entire attire.
- Where normal people wear white coloured Dhoti, the elite or rich people prefer wearing colourful and luxurious looking dhotis.
- One can find a huge variety in terms of clothes, colour, style, shape, way of wearing it, and also the borders it has. All of it depends on the economic status of a person and how good he or can afford it.
- But most importantly a person who wears Dhoti of any kind shows the will of simplicity of that person.
Angrakha is also an integral part of the men of Rajasthan right from ancient times. This is like a protective cover like clothes that represents what the kings and their true used to wear in the ancient time.
Highlights of Angrakha
- One of the biggest reasons why such a cloth is included in the Rajasthani traditional dresses is that, you get to feel like a soldier.
- It is more or less like a rope that covers your torso and most importantly the chest like a soldier. It is one of the important elements of the Rajasthani attire because of this spirit that these people have in their hearts for being a non-daunting soldier.
- Yet again when you see the number of options that are available in the Rajasthani traditional dresses of this particular element then you get to know that there are a huge number of options that you will have.
- And majorly apart from the colour and design, it’s all about how good of clothes and other things you can afford. In the royal family, all the people from the elite group wear a designer Angrakha whereas the others go for a simpler one.
Wearing a pyjama is an option for people here because over time a lot of things have changed and so did the clothes that they wear in the bottom part. Many young people feel outdated if they wear a Dhoti, this type of clothes is introduced for the same. It is a bit of a non-tantrum thing and one can enjoy wearing it so comfortably and with different things.
Highlights of Pyjama
- First of all it is a very comfortable pants like a thing that is usually made out of cotton.
- The elite or the rich people even in pyjamas prefer going for other fabrics that are softer like silk.
Bandhgala is one of those traditional Rajasthani Dresses that has been around for a long time. It was initially started by the Rajputana Kings and is now worn by even the common people of the state.
Highlights of Bandhgala
- It is a coat-like thing that covers your torso and can be pinned right up to the neck. One can enjoy wearing this attire on Dhoti-Kurta or Pyjama-Kurta.
- It is mostly worn by people during a festival, event, or marriage.
Pagri forms an essential part of a Rajasthani men’s attire as people from the state believe that it defines their standards and economic status. It is a symbol of their pride. Yeah, just like their moustaches. This has been a thing right from the age of the Rajputana Kings.
Highlights of Pagri
- Apart from their economic standards, this attire element is important to define their social status too.
- There is no fixed cloth or colour or even design for Rajasthani Pagri and there are a lot of differentiations done.
- The Pagri worn by a man symbolises the individuality of the person based on its colour, design, cloth, and shape. You will find a lot of variety in all these sections.
- Usually, the length of any Pagri is approximately 80 feet and the weight is close to 8 inches.
- Where a common man usually wears a single coloured Pagri, a rich man gets a designer multicoloured Pagri. This is how the economic status of a person is defined by their headgear.
- But one thing is for sure and that’s, that everyone gets to wear a special pagri on festivals and events.
- Also, the size and shape of all the packages vary from region to region. Where you find men wearing black Pagdi in Udaipur, those in Jodhpur wear safa which is slightly curved. And in the pink city you will often see people wearing angular Pakdi.
|Type of Pagri|
|Jallori from Jallore||Shahi Jodhpur Turban|
|Jaipuri Turban from Jaipur||Alwar Turban|
|Sirohi Turban||Bhatti from Jaisalmer|
Rajasthani Traditional Dresses for Women
Now after having a look at the amazing and different Rajasthani traditional dresses for men we are now going to look out for some of the women of this state we are. Although whenever we talk about women’s attire in terms of traditional dresses there are a lot of options but we have shut down the entire list for you.
Ghagra is one of the most popular dresses from Rajasthan and women wear it too often. If you go towards the villages or secluded regions of Rajasthan you will still find women wearing Ghagra in their day-to-day life. You can also have a look at the dresses that the new age women wear and you will still see them wearing Ghagra many times.
Highlights of Ghagra
- This cloth is from the upper side and wavy from the bottom. The bottom base is quite broad that helps the women enjoy comfort while wearing this attire.
- Usually, you will see women wearing Ghagra until their ankles but nowadays; floor-length Ghagras are also in trend.
- Ghagra resembles the new-age Lehenga that most women wear during marriages.
Choli is the partner of Ghagra and is a blouse or a short Kurti that are paired together by women of Rajasthan. It is more or less the same attire that girls nowadays wear with Lehenga.
Highlights of Choli
- Choli is one of those dresses that are available in multiple places in different designs and colours and other things.
- Apart from this there are different ways by which you can segregate the quality and you will find a lot of differentiations in the market.
- Whereas normal people buy cotton Choli which is either simply colourful or mirror worked. The elite class or rich people go for silk cholis or better options.
- At many places, you will find people wearing designer cholis as well.
8. Odhni or Chunari
This is nothing other than the chunari that women wear with their normal suit or Lehenga. In Rajasthan, women prefer pinning their Odhni with the help of hairpins on their heads.
Highlights of Odhni
- You get a lot of color options in this.
- The types of cloth, work, and design also differ a lot in Odhnis.
Traditional Footwear of Rajasthanis
9. Mojaris or Jootis
In terms of footwear, Rajasthan is one of those places where you do not get a lot of options but the one that they have is quite comfortable and looks very royal. Therefore there is no desire for people to change the ongoing trend because all the problems are sorted by just one type of shoes.
It is known as Mojaris or Jootis and there are tons and tons of options that are available in the market.
- The designer Jootis are quite expensive but they are worth every penny.
- There are different types of Jootis and you must ask the shopkeeper about the options in all respects. Be it colors, designs, or anything else.
Rajasthani Traditional accessories or jewelleries
The traditional accessories or jewellery is Rajasthani men and women or a bit different because ladies have a few more options whereas men just have limited ones. So we are going to pick the best amongst them.
Traditional Jewelleries For Men
10. Balis or rounded earrings
When you visit Jaisalmer, Udaipur, or any other city in Rajasthan, you will find men wearing Balis or rounded earrings which is the only accessory or jewellery they have till now. Nowadays, people from different cities have also liked this trend and have started wearing it.
Traditional Jewelleries For Women
11. Stone studded necklaces and jhumkas
There are a number of options for women in terms of necklaces, jhumkas, bangles, nose pins, and so many others. You can have a look at the options in the local market and ask the shopkeeper to show you the best amongst them.
We know that you already would have seen, known, red, and even worn a few of these traditional dresses of Rajasthan. So we have just formulated a list that would help you in knowing the other options that are available in the city‘s of Rajasthan. Moreover, when you do research on anything, make sure the local market’s location is known to you.
That is because if you will have to shop, that is where you should be heading. Rather than heading to the royal big shops.