West Bengal, Orissa, Bihar, Sikkim and the North Eastern
States comprises East India. Let us check out the tarditional dresses of
women in East India
Traditional Dress of West Bengal
Dresses of women of West Bengal
display the state's multi-ethnic way of life. From the use of traditional
fabrics, designs and motifs to the combination of western attires and styles
within the cultural domain of the state, the traditional dresses of West
Bengal display fine works of sophistication and creativity. Saree is the
traditional dress of women in West Bengal. In West Bengal, sarees are
primarily woven in cotton and silk. The traditional weavers or "tantis"
of West Bengal are reputed all over because of the quality of fabric spun
and their fine thread work. Different varieties of sarees are woven in the
various districts of West Bengal like Malda, Murshidabad, Nadia, Birbhum,
Bankura and Hooghly. Bengal silk is famous for its sophisticated quality and
texture. The only difference is in the way of wearing it. The Bengali style
of wearing a saree has no pleats and is elegantly draped around the body and
the pallu has a bunch of keys (for married ladies) that falls over the
shoulder. The traditional saree is of cotton but for formal occasions, they
prefer to wear silk sarees.
traditional sarees of West Bengal.
Traditional Dress of Orissa
Women in Orissa wear the Oriya Sari, a
simple drape which seems to be the base for all the other Eastern Saris. It
is often draped with a five yard cotton ikat cloth. Traditionally the women
of Orissa dress in sarees of blue, red and magenta and other deep colours,
with ikat patterning. Orissa is recognized for its handlooms, especially the
Orissa saris . In Odissi dance, the traditional dance of the state, the sari
and jewellery are highly showcased in the attire and the dances drape the
Orissa saris were in a specific manner for the costume. These sarees have
eye catching designs and colors in the titles, banners and borders above,
and different patterns, animals, etc repeated over the length of the saris.
These beautiful saris are made within the state. In Orissa there are many
different motifs and designs woven in cotton and silk to create the
distinctive saris of Orissa like
also famous in the international markets.
Traditional Dress of Bihar
The state of Bihar has inculcated
traditional old values to the core. It is known for its hand woven textiles
in the field of costume. The village crowd of Bihar adheres to the
traditional pattern of dresses and jewellery. The costume of the women folk
of Bihar is chosen carefully in keeping with tradition. Saree remains the
traditional dress of women in Bihar.
Traditional Dress of Sikkim
The original inhabitants of Sikkim are said to be Lepchas. The female
Lepcha wear a two piece dress. The bhutias are the people of Tibetan origin
who migrated to Sikkim. The ladies dress consists of a silken "Honju"
which is a full sleeve blouse and a loose gown type garment. The ladies are
very fond of heavy jewelry made of pure gold. The traditional clothes of the
Lepchas are woven in exquisite colour combinations.