Traditional Costumes of India
(Gujarat , Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh)
Ethelind School of Home Science
SHIATS, ALLD, India
About Indian Culture:
Traditional costumes of India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced by local culture, geography, climate and rural/urban settings. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi or panche (in Kannada) for men. Stitched clothes are also popular such as churidar or salwar-kameez for women, with dupatta (long scarf) thrown over shoulder completing the outfit. Salwar is often loose fitting of garment, while churidar is a tighter cut. For men, stitched versions include kurta-pyjama and European-style trousers and shirts for men. In urban centers, people can often be seen in jeans, trousers, shirts, suits, kurta and variety of other fashions.
Introduction to Gujarat:
Gujarat is a state in western India. It has an area of 78,687 sq mi (203,800 km2) with a coastline of 1,600 km, most of which lies on the Kathiawar peninsula, and a population in excess of 60 million. The state is bordered by Rajasthan to the north, Maharashtra to the south, Madhya Pradesh to the east, and the Arabian Sea as well as the Pakistani province of Sindh on the west. Its capital city is Gandhinagar, while its largest city is Ahmedabad. Gujarat is home to the Gujarati-speaking people of India.
Introduction to Bihar:
The Biharis are an Indo-Aryan ethnic group originating from the present state of Bihar with a history going back three millennia. Biharis speak Bihari languages such as Magahi, Bajjika, Bhojpuri, Maithili, amongst other local dialects, as well as Hindi or Urdu. Besides the state of Bihar, Biharis can be found throughout North India, West Bengal, Assam, Maharashtra and also in the neighbouring countries of Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.
Introduction to Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh literally “Central Province”, abbreviated MP, is a state in central India. Its capital is Bhopal and the largest city is Indore. Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in the country by area. With over 75 million inhabitants, it is the sixth largest state in India by population.
Introduction to Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh is the Indian state located in the northern part of India. The capital of Uttar Pradesh is Lucknow. This is the most populous state in India and ranks second in the largest state economy.
People and Culture of Uttar Pradesh:- Hindi and Urdu are the widely spoken languages. Kathak is the classical dance of Uttar Pradesh. The festivals celebrated here are Diwali, Holi, Dussera, Navratri, Durga Puja The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh consists of chapattis, rotis, puris, rice, vegetables and dhal accompanied with pickles, papad, sweets and curd.
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