Posted on : May 5th,2011
Assam, an important northeastern state is famous for its tribes & sub tribes, silk handlooms, evergreen tea gardens, endless stretches of paddy fields, scattered with groves of coconut, banana and areca nuts trees. Today, Assam is one of the developed states of India which has retained its rich culture and tradition, be it in food, clothing, religion and more.
The traditional dress of the Assamese women is known as “Mekhala and Chadar”. Mekhela is the long skirt which is worn with an upper apparel, known as “Riha”. The bottom of the Riha is artistically decked with intricate red colored designs. This gives a graceful appeal to the complete apparel. During Bihu, the grand festival of Assam, the women dress themselves in traditional outfits made up of Muga silk also known as Golden Silk. The traditional outfit for Assamese men is white “dhoti”, shirt known as “Sola” or “Fotua” with a shawl known as “Eri-Chaddar”. While working in the agricultural fields they wear a hat known as “Japi”.
In recent times, Assam is making great advancement in the fashion world. There are many fashion designers who are trying to make their mark in this booming industry. The talented fashion designers are trying to preserve Assam’s traditional fashion by blending it with western outfits.