Posted on : Jun 7th,2011
Located in the north-eastern part of India, Arunachal Pradesh boasts of its mesmerizing natural beauty. Dubbed as one of the picturesque states of India, the vibrant traditional dress is one of the key features of the state. Since the state has a number of tribes, each tribes have distinctive traditional dresses, which reflect their respective culture.
With as many as 26 native tribes along with numerous sub-tribes, the traditional costumes of the various tribes of this state are bestowed with myriad patterns and attractive colors. One of the most prominent tribes of the state, the Monpas, wear dresses which are highly influenced by the Tibetan culture. The traditional attire of the women is a sleeveless chemise which are mainly worn with a jacket. A similar kind of dress is also worn by the women of the Sherdukpen tribe. They wear ‘Mushaiks’ or waist cloth with embroidered full-sleeve jacket.The ‘gurdam’ skull-cap filled with hair of yak is the hallmark of this tribe which makes the entire look very captivating.
The chief tribal community, Adi tribe, are known for wearing a ‘galae’ by both the genders. The men in particular wear a helmet carved out of cane, deer and bear skin. The yellow necklace with coiled ear rings represents the elderly married women, while the ornament ‘beyop’ is unique to the unmarried women of this tribe. The traditional dress of the tribe ‘Hill Miris’ is known for its unique style. The traditional dress worn by the women are crinoline that resembles a blouse.
The Naga or the Tangsa tribe is known for their proficient dressing style. The men wear green colored ‘lungi’ with matching red, yellow and white yarns and sleeveless shirts. The women generally wear attractive petticoat with a linen blouse.
Accessories being a must for the women, the different tribal women wear various accessories unique to each tribes. Two of the most common fashion accessories worn by them are silver rings and earring which are generally made from bamboo-bits and come embellished with turquoises or beads. The different colors of the tribal life and Indian ethnicity are best expressed through the traditional outfits of the serene Arunachal Pradesh.