29 Indian States And Their Traditional Dress Styles

India is a diverse country with multifarious religions, cultures, and even historical backgrounds. This diversity is observed in the way, both men and women dress up. Though saree is said to be the pride of India and almost all women of different Indian states wore it, the style of wearing them differs. Same goes for the men and that is why the Indian clothing style isn’t fixed to a single dress code.

Let’s become familiar with the twenty-nine different Indian dressing styles!


Here, the women wear normal sarees with matching accessories. The men wear dhoti and kurta or a different color.


Women wear the famous muga or the mekhala chadar. Men wear dhoti kurta with a ghamcha. The fabrics used here are either the golden silk or the famous Muga. In the winter, Eri chadar and Mekhla chadar are the traditional wears for women.


Women wear a sleeveless dress called chemise with a slip or a skirt. They also pair the chemise with a full-sleeved coat to enhance the mountain beauty. Men wear lungi with a sleeveless shirt and top apparel.


Dhoti and kurta is the traditional dress for the men in Bihar and for women, it is the Tussar silk sarees. The men, sometimes, pair their dresses with turbans wrapped around the head.


Men wear different types of shirts known as Ghotuls, Abhuj Marias, Murias, and so on and pair it with dhoti and turban. The females wear full-length or knee-length sarees in bright colors. The fabrics ate mainly cotton and silk and they are painted with liquid, molten wax.


Ladies wear the Nav-Vari, a special name for the sarees. This designer saree form is studded with valuable stones and the ‘Pano Bhaju’. Men wear the normal dresses as other South-Indian states.


Females wear the salwar suit or the saree. Men wear dhotis and kurtas. Chania choli is the traditional wear of the women while Kedia is the men’s apparel in any social function.


Men wear dhoti and kurta along with pagri. Women wear the daman, ghagram odhni and the angia. They pair the dresses with matching silver colored or metallic jewellery pieces.


Men wear the dhoti kurta or pajama and couple it with a turban known as pagri. Women wear ghagra choli along with rahide and kurtas.


A pathani suit is the apparel men wear in Kashmir whereas women wear salwar or churidar with pheran. Women wear silver-colored jewellery pieces and adorn their forehead, neck, ears, and wrists with them.


Men wear the Bhagwan, a one-piece apparel if they live in a tribe. The nontribal men wear the kurta and pyjama. Women wear sarees with blouse.


Davani is the prime women outfit while men wear the panache dhoti. Ilakal saree is the traditional dresses for women made from the Mysore silk. Women drape the saree differently according to different zones of the state.


In Kerala, men wear a shirt and lungi with women wearing sarees with the broad hemline. This lungi is usually known as Kaili or the Kalli Mundu.


Men wear a shirt with a dhoti while women wear the lehenga choli with an odhni over their head. Men wear the ‘safa’ as a turban over their head.


Men wear dhoti known as the dhotar and pheta. Women wear the Nauwari saadi or the choli and saree. Lugdi is yet another name for the women’s apparel.


Men in this state wear dhoti with a jacket and a turban. Women wear the Innaphi and Phanek that is mainly worn like the sarong. The sarees usually have golden borders to highlight the hemline.


Women wear the traditional dresses of Mizoram, named Puan, which is white and black in color along with Puanchei. Men wear a long cloth of 7 by 5 feet in measurement. In winters, they drape an extra piece of clothing around their body.


Women wear the Jainsen, which is made of mulberry silk. Garo tribal men wear loincloth while men of the Khasi tribe wear a dhoti styled unstitched cloth.


Angami is the traditional dress for the women. It consists of a sleeveless shirt, the vatchi, and a petticoat, neikhro. Men wrap a shawl called as Ratapfe.


The saree in Orissa is known as Kataki sari and the Sambalpuri sari. Men usually wear the dhoti kurta with a gamucha.


Women wear the Punjabi suits also called Patiala suits or normal ghagra in Punjab while men wear the kurta pyjama or the tehmat.


Rajasthani men wear dhoti or pyjama with kurta and angrakha. They couple with a turban, which is locally known as safa. Women wear long skirt called as ghagra with a top known as kanchli and pair it odhni.


Men drape their body with a dress called Bakhu and fix it at their waist with a belt. Women do the same over a silk blouse that is called honju.


Men wear shirts with lungi while women wear their traditional attire, the Pavada. It is a saree with golden hemline worn with a short blouse.


In Telangana, women wear saree coupled with golden jewelry while men wear dhoti kurta.


In Tripura, men wear a shirt called Kubai and the towel like cloth is worn with the shirt is known as Rikutu Gamcha. Women drape a long, cotton cloth known as Rinai around their waist and couple it with a cotton shirt known as Risa.


The traditional dress code of Uttar Pradesh for women is sarees or salwar Suit. On the other hand, men wear kurta with dhoti or a pyajama.


The women wear a long gown usually known as ghagra and couple it with a choli and an odhni. Men wear dhoti or lungi coupled with a cotton shirt.


Women wear sarees usually made of pure cotton in a style known as ‘art poure’. Men wear Panjabi with dhoti or pyjamas. 



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  1. The colors are so rich and deep. Such amazing culture. The colors of the pictures on the back drop of the black on your site make it pop. I think your site is well set up and easy to navigate! ~Tracy from www.viewfromthebeachchair.com

  2. Thank you so much for this post. This is simply wonderful. All I was searching for was West Bengal and Maharashtra. Amazing.

  3. I absolutely love Indian clothing! It's so bright and vibrant, and the patterns and combinations of colors are just so pretty! Wish I could wear it!

  4. So many beautiful styles!! I didn't know there were so many, but I love that most of them have headgear, it completes the style! Thanks for sharing!