If you have seen a Bollywood movie you will have been able to observe how fascinating the typical costumes of India are. In this article, we talk about the country's traditional garments, both for men and women, and we show you photos of them.

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Indian dress: what are the typical costumes?


Traditional women's costumes in India are characterized by their colors and fine fabrics. These are the most popular types today:


El sari o saree It is the most prominent garment of the traditional female clothing of India. It consists of a cloth that is around 5 m long and 1,2 m wide.

This wraps around the body and forms a dress. A blouse is usually worn under it. Likewise, a long skirt known as trolls. The most used materials are cotton and silk.

El sari It can be of different colors and it can also have prints or embroidery. Depending on the style, several aspects can be known such as the social level of the woman, her age, etc. In northern India, the most widely used colors are red, yellow, orange and blue, in addition to floral motifs.

It is the garment that the bride wears during her wedding. However, on this occasion the sari also covers the shoulders and head, and is usually red or pink.

salwar kameez

El salwar It is a wide pants that is adjusted to the ankles. It is used mainly in mountainous areas from the north, as it is more comfortable and practical to carry out some tasks. Men wear it too.

On their heads they can wear a duppata, a kind of veil, although you can also put it on the neck, as if it were a scarf.

A long-sleeved tunic that reaches the knee is worn over these trousers called kameez. However, it can also be worn with other garments such as kurti, a garment that reaches the hips and has embroidery on the neck and sleeves.


El bindi It is a red dot that is placed in the center of the forehead, just above the eyebrows. It is related to Hinduism and is considered The third eye, the one who sees beyond the outside world. If the woman is a widow, she wears the bindi black.

Men can wear it too. In this case it is called tilaka and it is longer than the woman's.

However, today, especially in cities, the bindi It has become a decorative element, so small jewels and diamonds are also worn in this area, which are placed as an adhesive.


Men's clothing has been influenced by other cultures. Although it has centuries of history, it is still used today.

Dhoti and kurta

El dhoti It is of Hindu origin. It consists of a piece of colored cotton white or of course it passes through the legs and rolls around the waist. Its dimensions are approximately 5 m long and 1,2 wide.

Although the dhoti It is carried throughout the country, it can be seen especially in the state of West Bengal and in the Ganges valley.

This is usually accompanied by the Kurta o punjabi, a neckless shirt that reaches to the knees and can be used both in everyday life and for a special occasion.


El sherwani It is a kind of long tunic that has a closed neck. It is decorated with embroidery and can be of different colors. It is the garment that men wear in their wedding.


This garment can be compared to a skirt. It is tied at the waist and can be in a single color or have a special pattern. It is made of cotton and depending on the region it has different uses and forms. These are some examples:

  • West Bengal and Bijar: It is worn by men, although Hindus do not wear it on the street.
  • jarina: it is used at night and it is a exclusively masculine garment.
  • Kerala: It is worn by men and women, it is colorful and is tied on the right side.
  • PanjabThey are quite colorful and are worn by both men and women.
  • Tamil Nadu. : It is worn only by men and tied on the left side.


El pagri It is one of the elements of Indian men's clothing that most attracts the attention of visitors. It's kind of turban that are put around the head. It is usually made of cotton.

This garment is an unstitched piece of fabric and has to be tied manually. Depending on the region in which we are, we can observe different types. It is a symbol of honor for the Indians.

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