Rajasthani attires repeating History.
Mar 25 2019

Bright, splashing colours straight from the kingdom of camels and cattles , sand dune rivers  and exquisite wild life and forest area – that’s the spirit of *Rajasthan’s attire*, be it traditional or contemporary. Vivid colors, mirror work and lively embroidery this all reflect the charm of its people and warmth of the state have always kept the clothing culture of *Rajasthan' fashion* in high spirits . 

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Traditionally, *Rajasthani clothing* is brightly coloured and elaborately decorated by various stones and specifically by mirror. Many women wear beautiful sarees, wrapped in a style that is particular to the region. Others wear an ankle length skirt, known as a lehenga, with a cropped top called a chaniya choli. Additionally they wear a head covering to protect the wearer from the heat and preserve modest too.


Saress and lehengas in *Rajasthani fashion* are known for the beautiful embroidery and mirror-work, oven with gold and silver threads and dazzling sequins, these clothes are works of art in their own right.

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The men's clothing style of Rajasthan are recognisable by their pagris, or turbans. These are long lengths of cloth, tied around the head to cover the hair. In Rajasthan, pagris are often made from tie-dyed fabric, in keeping with the dupattas and sarees of the women.


There is absolutely no denying the fact that the couture of any culture imbibes and reflects the crux of its legacy.  The couture of *Rajasthan's fashion* reflects the effervescent culture of the state. From the pagri to the ghagras to the embroidery to the jewellery – everything from *Rajasthani fashion* has a distinct flavor. The clothing ad fashion are never boring.  The cuts, fabrics, colors and crafts present an interesting palate to pick from. Various major *clothing of Rajasthan* are as such 


*Pagri*: Soaked in the brightness and playfulness of hues like yellows and reds, it's a prestigious part of dress for the *people of Rajasthan*. Every turban or pagri, however, has a certain significance attached to it. 

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*Angarakha*: it's the protective shield of the *men of Rajasthan* who are born with the soldier like spirit. The angarakha kurtis are the substitutes of shirts and are worn with a sense of style. *Kamari angrakha* and the* long angrakha* are the two main styles of this attire. 


*Dhoti*: A pajama-like lower that is usually 4m by 1m in measurement, a dhoti is either worn completely casually or in an extremely stylish manner for special occasions. It requires quite a lot of practice to be worn.  The dhoti reflects the will of the *people of Rajasthan* to live simple.


*Odhni:* Worn by women over their head, like a chunri, the odhni is a specialty of *Rajasthan’s traditional fashion*. 10 feet long and 5 feet wide, the single piece of cloth is quite a majestic one to carry on one’s head. It is indeed the crowning glory of every *woman of Rajasthan*. To keep the cloth steady, one end of the odhni is tucked inside the ghaghra skirt.


*Ghaghra*: I don't think this *Rajasthan' fashion* attire needs can introduction at all, it's all has gained so much popularity worldwide. However, as far as its Rajasthani variation is considered, the skirt-like apparel belonging to the state is a long one, multi-pleated once and mostly containing mirror work on it. Narrow at the waist, a ghaghra is usually of ankle-length.


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Fashion can never remain stick to a particular point, so do of *Rajasthan's fashion*, and for it designers have always kept modernism along traditional style. And so the fusion comes out as a something much of a classic, grand, high spirited and Vintage style. Designers have mostly gone typical *Rajasthani couture*.


 *Rajasthan* is home to a variety of different dyeing techniques, whole of them are being practiced from the very history of *Rajasthan's fashion* and are passed down through generations. Rajasthani textile workers carry out their craft is such way that it's loved by everyone. Some of the dye works are:-


Tie dye: Bandhej , it is the art of tying cotton or silk with thread prior to dyeing, in order to create defined patterns. 


Block printing: Another traditional *Rajasthan's fashion* dyeing technique, block printing makes use of carved wooden blocks to apply colourful patterns to fabric. The most popular design is the paisley, and vegetable dyes tend to be used for their bright, cheerful colours. Occasionally, gold is used in the prints for a more luxurious, exciting finish in *fashion*. 

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Mirror work and embroidery: The women of Rajasthan are adept at using embroidery to decorate sarees, veils and lehengas. However, it is not just the colorful threads which make Rajasthani fashion stand out; designs from the region often also incorporate small, geometric pieces of mirror, stitched in amongst the motifs.


To speak of it by keeping everything altogether, all I can say is that *Rajasthan's fashion or attire* is so attractive, colourful, bright, decorated, embroidered and it gives so much wide no. Of choices that none can go over it ever.





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