Customs and Costumes of Rajasthan

by Shatika, June 22, 2015

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Vivid reds, pinks and greens splash across the desert breaking the monotony of the yellow sands; colored stones and tinsels splash their brilliant hues challenging the flaming sun; silver and brass jewelry tinkle and clink complementing the ancient folk songs drifting across Thar with the arid scalding winds- welcome to vibrant Rajasthan. A state dipped in age-old heritage is undoubtedly rich with numerous customs and traditions. Be it the celebration of a child birth or auspicious occasion of marriage, the rituals and traditions of Rajasthan fill the entire ambience with multiple colours and buoyancy. For the most, several traditional festivals and carnivals in Rajasthan are celebrated in line with the weather conditions of the state.

Festival of Holi:

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The vibrant colors of Rajasthan are rejoiced with jollity in the beginning of summer. Holi is celebrated to reinforce unity, harmony and accord between each other and send the message of love through different colors that represent the shades of emotions in life.

Gangaur Festival:

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Gangaur is a multicolored festival of Rajasthan. It is observed throughout the state with vast enthusiasm and dedication by womenfolk who worship Gauri, the divine wife of God Shiva. A festivity of spring, this festival basically strengthens social bonding between family and friends.

 Teej Festival:

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Teej, the carnival of swings tributes the initiation of the torrential rain month of Shravan. People hang swings from trees and ladies, dressed up in bright green clothes, sing songs merrily thereby welcoming the initiation of the monsoon.

The costumes and dresses of the native Rajasthan is are a spectacular combination of cultural lineage and weather proof designing. The garments are loose and flowing clothes and are generally cut out to cover up most of the body. This prevents sunburns resulting from direct exposure to the harsh rays. The textiles are mainly soft cottons that provide utmost comfort during the summer months.

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The women dress in either sarees or ghaghracholis. Sarees may be either cotton or silk and are generally embroidered. Colored stones, tinsels and silken threads are used to create beautiful floral patterns and traditional motifs and enhance the rich look of the saree. Depending on the economic ampleness of the family the embroidery or zari work may be done with golden and silver threads and semi-precious gems may replace the showy colored stones. Tie and Dye, Bandhani and block printed textiles are the common choice.

Men’s Attire:

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Banda, Bugatari, Pachewara and Khol form the traditional costume of the rural men. A dhoti is a long white cloth skillfully worn around the waist and draped to form gracefully loose breeches. An Angrakhi or a Jhari is a jacket like garment worn to cover the upper body. A shawl or Dhabla compliments the men’s attire. The headgears of men are special and spectacular. Pencha, Sela, Saafa, Potia and Pagri are all an assortment of headgear sported by the men of the state. Each one indicative of one’s class and caste, they come in vibrant colors and with the traditional Bandhani Tie and Dye work.

At Shatika, we have introduced an exquisite range of Bandhej Sarees to our collection of handloom sarees so you can now have a piece of Rajasthan’s rich and colorful tradition and culture, in your wardrobe.

 

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