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Hopping North Eastern Cities Wearing Traditional Attire

Wearing traditional attire and exploring famous North Eastern cities sounds fun right… Just imagine you are getting a chance to wear all rich in culture, vibrant traditional attire of a particular state and snapping pictures while you go on a particular city hopping giving you nostalgic moment feeling  where you get to know the rich heritage, cultures and traditions of that particular state and relive the old age tribal life as North Eastern people here take pride in the refinement of their deep cultural roots. North East portrays its beauty not only in its serenity and lush green forests but also in the way the people dress traditionally. Tradition is the caravan of the heritage passed on to us by our forefathers, and these people here have very elegantly managed to carry forward the flame that was passed to them rightly.

Assam

The North-Eastern state of Assam boasts of a traditional attire that is uniquely beautiful. The Assamese women take pride in their graceful attire of Mekhela sador that which makes them look ethereally beautiful. Made from lustrous silk variants Paat or Muga and Eri, this two-piece ensemble endows a certain grace that which is very fresh and enticing in the very look of it.


Equivalently, Assamese men keep their look toned down with the simple but elegant pairing of Dhoti and kurta, complete with a traditional hand woven scarf called the Gamusa.

 

Note: There are many tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire.

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh is another state of the North Eastern region of India that is known for its striking hued, tribal motif embedded traditional dress. The females wear full sleeves weaved coat-like jackets over a sleeveless chemise. The chemise is kept in place with a belt tied over it and is worn with a slip or waistcloth called the Mushaik.

The attire for the males are equally remarkable, green lungis interwoven with red, yellow, and white stripes and paired with a sleeveless silk shirt, the edges of which are pinned to the shoulder area.

The knee-long traditional attire is majestically decorated by a skull cap smeared with yak hair called the Gurdam and is as important to the tradition as the dress.

Note: There are many tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire. 

Meghalaya

As a state that is a conglomeration of a variety of tribes, Meghalaya has a number of traditional attires as well. Khasi females dress up in the Jainsen or Dhara, an unstitched garment that goes around the body lending it a cylindrical shape. The males of the Khasi tribe also wear an unstitched piece of dhoti like cloth around their waist, which is topped by a longish sleeveless coat without collar, fastened by thongs in front. The male Khasi attire is known by the name Jymphong.

Note: There are two more tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire.

Nagaland

As another tribal dominated North Eastern state, Nagaland’s dress culture is also heavily inspired by tribal elements and motifs. The traditional dress for Naga women is the Angami, that which comprises a sleeveless top vatchi worn over the petticoat Neikhro and a white skirt Pfemhou.

The skirt of the women generally happens to be a piece of cloth wrapped around the waist and extending to cover the legs. Thus the cultural attire of the Naga womenfolk is very much a casual dress which they pair with traditional ornaments.

Naga men’s Angami costume has a kilt and a wrapper, enhanced by a traditional shawl called the Ratapfe. The kilt loops down to the men’s knee and is generally blue in color while the shawl is a remarkable shade of red embroidered with a couple of lines.

Note: There are many tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire.

Tripura

Tripura’s ethinc dress code encompasses two piece dresses for both men and women folk of the state. Women dress up their upper body in Risa which covers the chest and Rikutu which covers the entire torso. While the dress for the lower half of the body for Tripuri women is called the Rigwnai.


The Rikutu is also worn by the men of Tripura to cover the loin. The upper male body is covered in a shirt ‘kamchwlwi borok’ along with a gamucha known as Kubai.

Note: There are many tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire.

Sikkim 

Sikkim has a traditional attire that is fashionable and visually similar to both males and females. The men wear a dress called Bakhu or Kho with a pair of loosely fitted trousers teamed up with a leather belt and embroidered leather boots. While the women wear the outfit over a full sleeved silk blouse known as Honju and fastened with a silk or cotton. However, the women folk has a host of other ethnic dresses as well. An ankle length costume worn like a sari called the Dumvum and another attire by the name Nyamrek also counts among the traditional attires of the state.

Note: There are many tribes and each have their own set of traditions attire. This is reflected in the distinct clothing styles. While most of them are ethnically similar, they have different origins of their clothing. Hence we are picking the most famous traditional attire.