Traditional Dress of Uttarakhand [For Men & Women]

Uttarakhand, a place also known as Devbhoomi is one of the most fascinating places across India. It is home to major holy places and is nestled right behead the mountain ranges providing not only a scenic look but also an oasis of the natural environment. It is, therefore, no surprise to see Uttarakhand as one of the main tourist attractions of India.

The place has numerous tribes living there for centuries with a wide variety of languages spoken around. The place has a mild to cold weather pattern and thus differs from other parts of India when it comes to dressing and lifestyle. We here will be looking into the same famous traditional dressing attire of the people of Uttarakhand and look to cover all various tribes and regions. Read along.

List of Traditional Dress Worn by Men in Uttarakhand:

The male population across Uttarakhand wears different attires based on the tribes to that they belong. We here will list out the traditional dress and discuss in brief which tribe mainly wears those.

1. Kurta Pajama/ Kurta Churidar

Kurta Churidar
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Kurta Pajama or even kurta and churidar is one of the go-to traditional dresses of people of Uttarakhand. The stark difference between the two is only in the age group with older people preferring one kind and the young ones preferring another. It has cold weather and thus men over there accompany it with a topi or pagadi. The people also use wool-based kurtas for winter and cotton ones for the summer. It is mainly worn by Garhwali and Kumaon people.

2. Dhoti and Kurta

This is an attire that is preferred by people during the wedding function and is worn mainly by the groom. The dhoti is yellow colored and signifies the wedding rituals of the people in Uttarakhand. This is worn by all of Garhwal and the Kumaon region people.

3. Gown, Patta, and Trousers

This traditional dress is normally worn by the men of the Bhutia tribe, known for their agricultural and pastoral community. Since the area where they reside is frigid, they often use a gown on the upper part and tie it with a woolen cloth called a patta. They pair that with trousers and a woolen cap to keep them warm.

4. Digwa

Digwa is a traditional cap and is made up of woolen cloth. It is part of the tradition of the Jaunsaris tribe which are neighbors of the Garhwali tribe. The remaining dress is similar to that of the Garhwali tribe with a kurta pajama or kurta and churidar.

List of Traditional Dress Worn by Women in Uttarakhand:

Similar to the men, women here too wear different clothes based on the tribes they belong to. Here’s a list of the major traditional dress of women in Uttarakhand.

1. Sari

Sari is a major traditional dress worn by women across the Garhwal faction. The special part of it is that they tie the sari in a particular way with the pallu on the front and knot on the shoulder.

2. Angra

Angra is a full-sleeve blouse that has silver buttons and is used along with Sari by the Garhwal women. This was paired to keep them safe from the cold and protect their health in cold weather. They pair it with Sari and tie a waistband to complete the look.

3. Kameez and Ghagra

Kameez and Ghagra is a traditional dress of women of the Kumaon region. The Ghaghra is designed as a skirt similar to that of Rajasthan and is worn with a blouse known as Kameez on top.

4. Pichora

Pichora is a traditional garment worn by women in the Kumaon region of Uttarakhand. This dress is made at home and dyed and is mainly associated with the wedding ceremony.

5. Woolen Coat and Dhantu

Since the regions in Uttarakhand are cold and sees low temperature during winters, the people across major regions and Jaunsaris especially wear this. The woolen coat gives them warmth while Dhantu is a scarf known to cover their faces and keep the cold wind away.


Uttarakhand is a heavenly place and has a harmonious culture among its residents. The various regions of people live peacefully and in collaboration with each other. That is also reflected in their dress and regions see a bit of similarity among the traditional attire. That being said, there are various traditional attires specific to each region and we hope to have helped you with this coverage here.

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