Saturday, October 6, 2007

Costumes of Punjab

The rich agricultural state of Punjab is famous for the `phulkari` (flower-work) shawls that are worn with a tight-fitting choli and gaghra. Phulkari forms the traditional costume of rural women of this region. In earlier days, Phulkaris were made for everyday wear. Usually the border and field of the shawl were not so densely embroidered, with much of the ground cloth exposed.

ShararaFor ceremonial occasions, however, a special kind of phulkari known as a `bagh` (garden) was made, in which the whole of the ground was covered with embroidery, so that the base cloth was not visible at all. Jeans, Jackets, Trousers, Skirts and other form of western outfits are worn among women Punjabi`s in India. But still the popular oruniversal form of dress material stands out to be still what Punjabi culture is know for Salwar Kameez, Sari, Sharara.

A popular, comfortable and convenient dress is the churidar kurta. This was traditionally the dress worn in Punjab, but is now worn almost everywhere, particularly among the younger generations. After adolescence, and almost certainly after marriage, women are expected to wear traditional Indian clothing. This trend is changing with more women entering the urban work force, but this is confined to sections of society that are highly exposed to international lifestyles. Men are considerably less traditional when it comes to dressing.

Women`s ClothingWomen`s Clothing
Punjabi girls and women wear salwar kameez`s with bright colored duppattas. A salwar kameez has two pieces of clothes: the kameez, or shirt or top piece; and the salwar, (pants) or bottom piece. A duppatta is a piece of colorful cloth that women wear around their necks. Salwar kameez`s and duppattas come in a variety of colors and designs. Punjabi girls and women wear salwar kameez`s with bright colored duppattas.