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Men's Costumes In Rajasthan

The Rajasthan state is well noted for their vivacious patterns and styles. The dominating exuberance can be seen in the costumes of Rajasthan people. It is good to note that there are number of important facts that are closely linked to the Rajasthani women and men costumes. Even now, the costumes preferred by rural Rajasthani men are similar to those people who lived during olden days. Standing out among their gallery of garments, the colorful and also big turbans are unique masterpiece of Rajasthani man.

Rajasthan, standing as a border state has been frequently exposed to continual link with foreign nationals who later landed in India during the process of migration. As a result, the Rajasthani men clothing adapted various foreign and historical influences and what exists currently are a blend of stitched and unstitched cloths. Where most of the items are from the motherland, a touch of foreign effect is also clearly visible. Rajasthani men garments are more or less reserved when compared to women garments and are then variable in texture and form.

The traditional lower garment for Rajasthani men is unstitched dhoti which is the true native Indian men costume or else stitched fabric like pyjama, a kind of trouser. Few of the fabric linked with pyjama include izar, suthan, salvor or shalvor, sural or survala and also glutanna. The fabric that has to be worn as upper clothing includes bandi and also tunic or kurta which is regularly worn. At times of any formal occasions, Rajasthani men dress up in angarkha and also in shervani or achkan. Their costume gets completed with a turban and a fabric piece draed around their shoulders. Blankets and shawls manufactured from sheep and camel wool come under seasonal collections which are worn to get rid of biting cold especially winter season.

There are two other upper wear for Rajasthani men like the jama and choga. This dress plays a significant role of male ensemble during the mughal period. Though the choga and jama are perfectly tailored with decoration, these days one can view them on museums. But at the same time, they have not completely ruled out jama and choga. Few of royal and influential people are still in the craze for such dresses but only during ceremonies. Their formal dresses are tailored from comparatively lighter material in order to compensate their local climate, the style of jama have been well designed with a perfect cut and create its own place in the north Indian regions particularly in Rajasthan. The gentlemen dress will be complete only with the presence of long stole which is based on the part of society, may be either a dupatta or a angocha.

Rajasthani men generally prefer two upper wear garments which are angarkhi and bandi, but these days they select kurta as their traditional costume and it has superseded all other dress. Although aristocrat and the royal people still prefer garments like achkan, jama, choga and shervani. Very interestingly, there is wide variety of collection of upper wear for Rajasthani men in order to meet their unique tastes.

There are also two other Rajasthani men dress like chasuble and chapkan. To decorate these upper wear, there are good collection of jackets like fatu, sadri, mirzai and jarji. The lower garments preferred by Rajasthani men falls under two categories, either stitched or unstitched. The stitched garment is called pyjama which is decorated with all styles along with Jodhpur breeches. Whereas they call the unstitched garment as dhoti.

Rajasthani men prefer colorful headgears which are widely known as turban or pagri depending on the climatic situation of their particular area. Their own tradition of bandhni garments, are preferred by Rajasthan people irrespective of years. Rajasthani men can be traced out by their turban, dupattas and tie-dye drapes.

Various costumes are:


This is the common upper wear for Rajasthani men, which was then later assumed as casual wear by most of the Indian men. The design of kurta as an upper garment was initiated during nineteenth century which is currently the highly preferred garment by most of the Rajasthani men. The kurta is available in various length and girth which may also vary among different regions which can be personalized in wide range of fashionable styles.


Choga is another popular garment among Rajasthani men. It can be well described as robe with long-sleeve that runs freely over the bodice which cannot be traced with a neat tailored look. Traditional chogas are designed with a heart-shaped or deep oval neckline. The garment can be fastened around the chest with the help of cloth-cased buttons along with couple of loops. This dress can be worn over an angarkha or kurta and is basically designed from finest woven wool or even fine cotton. Quite often, this Choga was designed with brocaded material, if not velvet embroidered with the help of metal embroidery.


Turbans are the highly eye-catching costume of the Indian men dress. The turban can be traced back in some of the former literary resources. A form of turban has acquired place in holy Vedas, I which men are described with usnisa, an unstitched garment which run gracefully on their heads or shoulders.


Rajasthani men are often noted for angarkha which is part of conventional male garments and generally preferred by all the communities prevailing in Rajasthan. The shorter form of angarkha is angarkhi which is designed in the same style.


Rajasthani region carries its own unique footwear. They called their footwear as juti, pagarkhi or mojari. The juti is made of leather and are preferred by both women and men in Rajasthan. These juti are generally fitted tightly with triangular front end, but in some cases, they are designed to be round. The mocha community people are known to carry out the traditional art of designing juti for more than centuries and they are still doing their job. The Bhambhi and regar community are known to prepare leather, the source to make juti.

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