Maharashtrian Costumes

 Costumes of Maharashtrian people

Ganesh Chaturthi the much awaited festival of Maharashtra is coming on 28th of August, 2014. It will be a grand affair in which deities bring their beloved god at their home. Clothing of Maharashtrian people shows their rich culture. It may be any festival, in Maharashtrian costume, women are dressed in a 9 yard traditional sari (lugade), with the choli, for men dhoti and shirt. Though the trend is shifting now, with younger generation are more attracted to new design and patterns available.  For eg. The 5 to 6 yard sari is now in demand, they are worn over the petticoat in Marathi called parkar /ghagara. A traditional sari’s width varies around 40 to 45 inches with two lengthwise borders known as kinar / kanth. The sari covers around half length of the back. Sari is two bordered breadth wise two ends known as padar and the decorated part is put over the left shoulder. There are a variety of  sarees available as kanjivaram, chanderi, banarasi, paithani (my favourite), irakali, banarasi, etc.  Raw material is cotton  or silk.


For men , Maharashtrian costume are changed as per trends prevailing. For family occasions or festivals they generally wear ackan, chudidar  survaar / payjama. Traditional clothing which many men still follow in rural parts of Maharashtra is dhoti and shirt. It is madeup of cotton varies around 3 meters in length with a folded turban called pheta or pagadi or folded cap ( either of woolen/silk/cotton fabric). Even a silk or cotton jacked is worn over shirt called bandi. The history of wearing sarees goes long back since Maratha rulers. since that period Nauvari saree was the first choice. it is made up of mainly silk fabric. On auspicious occasions a Nauvari saree is preferred. they are also famous for their elegant style and design. A good variety of accessories are all along with it. They include a nose ring called Nath, in Marathi, necklace, bangles,  pearls etc. You can get these Maharashtrian costumes all over Maharashtra. The very popular hub are Pune, Kolhapur, Aurangabad and Sholapur.

With the changing times, clothing has also changed significantly. Especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur etc. designer and ready stitched costumes are finding place. But still today in rural areas people are sticking to their traditional roots and clothing. That’s it folks for now, more will follow.


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