Posted on : Jun 7th,2011
Often dubbed as ‘Heart of India’, Madhya Pradesh is located in the center of the Indian subcontinent. Known for its breathtaking natural beauty and majestic architectural evidence, Madhya Pradesh makes a spectacular exhibition of its diversified traditional clothes.
The prime reason behind such rich diversity in the traditional dress of this state is its various textile techniques and the use of handicrafts. The wardrobe of the women of Madhya Pradesh comprise traditional ‘ghagra choli’. ‘Ghagras’, also known as ‘legengas’ are skirts of usually ankle-length, while ‘cholis’ are waist-length blouses which are mostly bare-backed. The ‘cholis’ are intricately embroidered. This combination of traditional clothes of this state is completed with ‘dupatta’ or ‘odhni’.
Batik, tie and dye and weaving are three of the most prominent patterns and techniques play an significant part in the varied designs and styles of the traditional attires of Madhya Pradesh.
The tribal communities of Madhya Pradesh are known for their highly distinctive traditional attires. They mostly wear minimal garment so as to feel comfortable. Ornaments play a vital role in the traditional attires of Madhya Pradesh. From bracelets, bangles, necklace, silver ornaments make up the list of ornaments of the tribal women.
For the men of this state, the traditional wear is dhoti, like many other Indian states along with a headgear, known as Safa or Chanderi Pagadi, which is a kind of turban. ‘Mirzai’ which is jacket coming in either black or white color is a common traditional wear of the men, especially of those living in the regions of Malwa and Bundekhand.
The amalgamation of the tribal along with non-tribal cultures reflects the ethnicity as well as a discreteness in the traditional costumes of the state.