Traditional Wear across Different Indian States for Men

Considering the cultural diversity from state to state in India, the country has a range of different languages, cuisines and fashion. Ethnic clothing in India not only varies by state but also according to the different religions, tribes and communities within the state. Here’s a rundown of the various traditional wear found in some Indian states for men.


Gujarat is a state that has bright colors in their traditional wear. The traditional male garment of Gujarat consists of two pieces. The upper garment is a short fit Kurta that gathers together below the chest. The length of the Kurta is either up to the waist or just above the thigh. The lower garment is the Dhoti which can also be replaced with a tight fit salwar. The dhoti is often tucked at the back of the waist. They can also be seen wearing vibrant turbans as part of their ethnic costume.


Men in Tripura generally wear a loose cloth resembling a towel known as Rikutu Gamcha clubbed with a shirt known as Kubai.


The men of Punjab wear Kurta Pajamas that sometimes feature the Churidar style as well. The kurta is a knee-length, loose fitting top worn by the men here whereas the lower garment is a square-shaped fabric that is wrapped around the waist. It is draped in such a manner that the pleats of the fabric at the bottom are longer and becomes shorter as it rises forward towards the waist. They also wear headgear known as Pagadi.


Pheran is the most famous dress here for both men and women. Men wear them with their traditional Pathani suit.


The most well-known Kerala’s ethnic wear is the Mundu. Worn mostly by men, the Mundu is the state’s version of a Lungi. There are both formal and casual versions of this clothing. The formal versions often have intricate work on them to bring a festive look to this garment.


The men of Uttar Pradesh wear Kurta and Pajama along with headgear such as Topi and Pagadi. Sherwani is often worn by men during festivals and special occasions.


In Tamil Nadu, Dhoti known as the Veshti is worn by men in different ways. Commonly, they wear the Pattu Veshti for various traditional occasions like Puja’s, temple visits, wedding etc. It’s the most common form of clothing found here.


Men in Mizoram don a cloth around 7 feet long and 5 feet wide. In addition to this, an extra piece of fabric is wrapped around the upper body during winter season clubbed with a white-colored coat with white and red bands.

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