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Madhya Pradesh Traditional Costume

Madhya  PradeshMadhya Pradesh is India`s largest state with an area of 443,446sq km. It literally means the `Central Province`, an apt name as it is situated in the centre of India. SUMMER -Light clothes preferably natural fibres. WINTER - Light woolens for the day and heavy woolens for the night. Madhya Pradesh in the centre of India is known for its fine Chanderi Pagadi or safa, bandi and dhoti among males and kanchli, Ghaghara, lugada (lehnga) among females is the dress of common village-folk. School-going boys wear chaddi and shirt and the girls, polka, ghaghri or frock. Tribals wear short dhotis when they come in contact with urban dwellers. In jungles their men-folk are fully satisfied with the shorter langot.

In towns and kasbas, the dress pattern has rapidly changed. Mill clothes have reached interior villages as well. All types of mordern dresses worn in big cities can be seen, though often they are limited to a few educated and well-to-do people. Medium coarse ready-made clothes purchased from the weekly markets are more in use in general. On festive occasions, coloured printed garments, mostly of cotton, are preferred to routine full whites. Tribal people are fond of colourful dresses.

In villages, people wear shoes, manufactured by the village cobbler out of raw leather. They are strong and stout enough to be used while performing agricultural or other hard manual operations. Villagers purchase shoes from the nearby weekly markets.

The handloom industry, however, is flourishing, and there is considerable production of traditional crafts, such as the hand-weaving of saris in Chanderi, carpet weaving and pottery making in Gwalior, and gold and silver thread embroidering in Bhopal.

The men wear white muslin turbans or occasionally silk ones. The turban is adorned with a coronet of peacock feather stems. Down to the waist they wear a close white Saluka or blouse, below a dhoti of small width coming down to the knees, the end of which hangs loosely behind.

The costumes of the musicians are different from those of the dancers. They put on shirt or jacket and coloured turbans; they do not use cowries. The women wear a coloured dhoti, wound close round the body down to the knees, one end of which goes up across their breasts to their backs. The knot of their hair is adorned with a coronet of palm or other leaves behind which hangs a net of corals. While dancing, in their right hand they hold thiski (a clapper) and in their left a coloured kerchief. Cotton clothing are ideal for visit anytime of the year.

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