Dresses in Nepal !
Hi Again !
In Nepal we have different castes. They have their own mother tong. They have their own special dress for their identification.
Some of them wear as a casual dress and some of them wear only in special function.
Common dress for a married woman is sari and blouse. Unmarried women normally wear Suruwal(it can be both choose pant or like a pant), Kurta and long scarf. Its similar to Indian dress. I don’t know the name in English . Amy would you kindly help me for this.
My mother in sari and me in kurta suruwal.
Me in Chagunaryan temple in surual kurta/ Kurta Paijama and a long scarf.
Men wear daura suruwal , kurta and coat as a traditional dress. Daura surwal consists of 8 strings to tie it.
Now a day pant and shirt or T-shirt has become so common that nobody wears the traditional one except in some national programme where the traditional dress in mandatory.
They all belong to Tharu cast.
But in urban areas, girls wear pant and shirt so we don’t see any difference in western dress and in the dresses Nepali girls wear.
Chinese, Thai and Indian dresses are very common in Nepal. Its all made in not their traditional one. You can imagine what kind of dresses we wear.
Regarding traditional dresses, I also don’t know the complete name but I can try.
Here is one picture below in which you can see Gunyo (Sari), Cholo (blouse).
Lady in traditional dress and Lady in man’s dress.
Tharu girl with ornaments
The importance and beauty of the dress can be seen when the special type of ornaments are wore with the dresses.
Dress in red color are taken as good for married women. In our traditional culture, a married woman must wear sari, bangles in her hand, tika in her forehead, red colour in her head its particularly for Brahmin, Chettri and madhesi culture. But others also prefer to wear sari.
A woman whose husband is not alive can’t wear colourful dress. She has to wear plain white dress for one year after her husband passed away. After then she can wear printed sari in white, grey which is not colourful. But this rule doesn’t apply to man. They can wear dress of any colour. Man has to be in white dress for one year only when his parents die.
My granny in grey color I don’t have my grandfather now. He passed away when I was a little kid.
Rai Women dancing in their Ubhauli festival
It’s the special festival of Rai people and is celebrated just before they do rice planting.
There is another called Udhauli which is clebrated at the time of rice harvesting.
But these days tradition has been changing. As Amy’s said “ These days people wear clothes exposing so much flesh”. Similar thing applies here in some urban area like Kahmandu, Pokhara, Biratnagar..
When I read the sentence, I remembered my granny, even my mom doesn’t like clothes like that.
I am also little bit traditional. After high school I left to wear skirt. But I started to wear pant and shirt when I joined bachelor degree. I remember the day my teacher asked me to wear pant and to cut my hair from next time.
Actually, we had to do practical classes every week in a workshop where we need to use lathe machine, milling machine, drilling machine etc. Because of fear of accident with long scarf and long hair, I started wearing pants taking advice from my teacher. But I didn’t cut my hair. At that time I didn’t have courage to cut my hair. I still have my first pant and T-shirt which was bought by my father.
The day I wear pant I was feeling so uncomfortable because I was easy in wearing the dress.
But the tradition is changing and now a day unmarried girls wear sari in special occasion like marriage ceremony, birthday party, office party.
What I am writing is all based in my knowledge and according to what have seen. I represent Brhamin family so it smells more like that. Sorry for that.
Rai woman dancing in Ubhauli festival.
My sister in bride dress.
She is also the same sister. When she was 10 years old.
My brother and sister in law in their marriage ceremony
My friends and me in pant.
I have changed a lot these days.
O.K. friends see you tomorrow with something!
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