Posted on : May 12th,2011
Haryana is one of the States of India popular for its colorful and vibrant traditional clothes. We can reflect the simplicity as well as enthusiasm of the people of this state through their dressing style. With the womenfolk of this state dressed in colorful clothes, we can safely say that they are affectionate towards color. ‘Daaman’, ‘Kurti’ and ‘Chunder’ complete the traditional dress worn by the womenfolk of this State.
‘Daaman’ is the long ankle length colorful skirt and the ‘Kurti’ is a waist length blouse or shirt usually in light colors. The ‘Chunder’ is the long colored cloth which is worn by the women as a ‘chudni’. The main attraction of the chunder is that its borders are beautifully stitched with shiny laces and is used by the women to cover their head to show respect to others. The end part of the ‘chunder’ are drawn in the front, similar to the ‘pallu’ of saree. With these colorful clothes, the ornaments worn by them adds more charm to their overall appearance.
The ornaments worn by the women of this State are usually made of gold and silver. The main items include a necklace (haar), heavy bangles (hansli) made of silver, long hanging string of gold mohars or silver rupees (jhalra ) and earrings (Karanphul and bujni). The women also wear a large nose-ring called nath. Other ornaments which are worn by them are anklet (Kari), and Chhailkara neori and pati which are all worn on the legs. Along with these traditional ornaments, some new types are also worn by them. They are tops (balian) for the ears, ‘churis’ for the wrists and ‘pandels’ for the neck.
The men of this State generally wear ‘Dhoti’, the wrap around cloth, tucked in between the legs with a white-coloured kurta worn atop it. The traditional headgear for men is ‘Pagri’, which is now worn mainly by the old villagers. In the State of Haryana, all-white attire is a status symbol for men.