Magar Couple by O_P_M - Nepal Traditional Dress

Magar Couple by O_P_M - Nepal Traditional Dress


The people of Nepal wear different types of costumes having the influences of ethnically religious repercussions and thus their traditional dress seems a bit whimsical but still it is very charming. Daura Suruwal is considered as the National Dress of Nepal which consists of a knee-length sleeved shirt that ties closed at the side, pants and shoes called docha. This dress is normally worn by the Nepalese men and it may also subsist a coat or jacket over for warmth. Several aspects of the Daura Suruwal have religious implications for the Buddhist and Hindu practitioners in Nepal.

Daura Suruwal is considered as the National Dress of Nepal - Image by marcwiz2012
Daura Suruwal is considered as the National Dress of Nepal – Image by marcwiz2012

Nepal has many ethnic communities and several groups and one of them is known as Tamangs who live in the hill stations of Nepal. Tamang women love to wear tamang lungi, tamang jewellery, tamang patuka, tamang cholo, tamang mala and tamang ghalek.

Traditional dress of Tamangs, Nepal by Ashish Lohorung
Traditional dress of Tamangs, Nepal by Ashish Lohorung

The Gurung people, also called Tamu, are also another ethnic group from different parts of Nepal, who are actually the indigenous people of country’s mountain valleys.The Gurung women wear with pride their traditional costumes not only in day to day routines but also they showcase it on the ocassions of the national importance and other important events of daily life.

The Gurung women  - ILO in Asia and the Pacific (Image Courtesy)
The Gurung women – ILO in Asia and the Pacific (Image Courtesy)

The Magars are also one of the oldest ethnic groups of Nepal. The traditional dress of Magar Women consists normally a dark coloured sari with a bright yellow or blue cotton cloth wrapped around the waist (patuka) and a wrap-up blouse. The shoulders are covered with a shawl worn diagonally and another shawl is worn on the head. Men wear a wrap-on-knee-length loincloth (kachhad) with a short vest tied at the shoulders and a dhaka topi on their heads.

Magar Couple by O_P_M - Nepal Traditional Dress
Magar Couple by O_P_M – Nepal Traditional Dress

Traditional Dress of Nepal is never complete without mentioning the Newar clothing which is worn by the indigenous people of Kathmandu Valley and surrounding regions. The garments are associated with the old aristocracy, merchants, farmers, craftsmen and professionals. Most of the clothes are made of homespun. Men’s common costume consists of a long shirt called tapālan and tightfitting trousers known as suruwā. Women wear black cotton saris with a red border known as hāku patāsi.It is still widely used especially among farmer women as everyday wear and is the most popular dress during festive occasions.

Traditional Dress of Nepal - Image owned by fernando zarur
Traditional Dress of Nepal – Image owned by fernando zarur

Like these above mentioned ethnic groups, there are the Sherpas. and the Traditional Sherpa costume is similar to that of Tibetans. The basic garment is the chhuba. Likewise the Kirat or Kirati people are also indigenous of Nepal and are hunter tribes from the Himalayas. They have also magnificent and colorful traditional costumes.

The Katmandu Fall Festival in Sonoma, California . Image by ah zut
The Katmandu Fall Festival in Sonoma, California . Image by ah zut

 


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