Traditional Attire of Asia – Nepal (Part 7)

 Nepal is a country with varied cultures and traditions. The art and fashion have a historical significance and bring immense value. The costumes and jewellery speak about the country’s unity and nationalism.

Picture courtesy : pinterest.com

Traditional Attire of men

Daura Suruwal

Daura Suruwal was originally the national dress of Nepal. Daura is the upper part of the dress and resembles a kurta. Suruwal is the lower part which is a trouser that fits tightly at the ankles. A coat or jacket was added to the dress by Jang Bahadur Rana, Prime Minister of Nepal, in the 19th century. The Queen of England had presented the coat to the Prime Minister after which he introduced it as part of the attire.

Picture Courtesy : holidify.com

There are eight strings in the dress, the names being Biagini, Kumari, Barahi, Brahmayani, Indrayani, Maheshwari, Byasnabi, and Mahalaxmi. They are denoted as Astamatrika-Singini and has a religious significance.

Daura has a closed neck which is said to resemble the snake around the neck of Lord Shiva. The dress is mostly worn by the Brahmins of Nepal.

Dhaka Topi

Dhaka Topi is the national headdress of Nepalese men. The name Dhaka is originated from the capital of Bangladesh since initially the raw materials for it were imported from Dhaka. It became popular during the rule of King Mahendra. Till today the International Nepali Dhoti and Topi day are celebrated in Nepal as a mark of respect to the country’s tradition and culture.

Dhoti

Dhoti is a common dress worn in many Asian countries including Nepal. In the humid parts of the country, Dhoti is preferred for comfort and ease. It is a long piece of cloth with a simple design. The cloth crisscrosses between the legs and is wrapped with a knot tied around the waist.

Lungi

Lungi is similar to Dhoti but the ends of the garment are sewn together. It is also wrapped around the waist and knotted in the middle. Lungi resembles a long skirt. It is especially worn where the climate is hot and humid.

Tapalan

Tapalan is a two-piece dress. The upper part is a long shirt and the lower part is tight-fitting pants along with a waist-coat and topi (cap). Tapalan is exclusively worn during any festive occassions like weddings, religious ceremonies, and any special celebrations.

Traditional Attire of women

Gunyou Cholo

Gunyou Cholo has also been the national dress of Nepal along with Daura Suruwal. It is generally given to a 7 to 8-year-old at the commencement of womanhood. The upper part is a blouse or cholo and the lower part is a skirt. The women generally wear extensive jewellery with the dress.

Picture courtesy : pinterest.com

Sari

Sari is the common outfit of India and Nepal. It is now the official wear for Nepalese women. The outfit consists of a tight fit blouse and a long cloth wrapped and pleated around the waist with draping across one of the shoulders. The women usually wear heavy jewellery and ornaments with the sari.

Picture courtesy : pinterest.com

Kurta Suruwal

Kurta Suruwal is considered a modern dress of Nepalese women. The dress is prominent among many countries in Asia. The upper wear is a long blouse called kurta and the lower part resembling loose trousers. Nowadays the women prefer tight fit trousers.

Bhantanlan

Bhantanlan is a dress for young girls. It consists of an ankle-length tight-fitting dress with long sleeves. There are slits at the sides for a comfortable walk. The designs are vibrant and colourful and especially worn during festivals.

Nepalese women prefer wearing heavy ornamental jewellery along with their outfit.

The people of Nepal respect their culture and ensures unity through their ethnic costumes.

Kuntala

A blogger interested in travelling and exploring new places and sharing ideas with all. Curious about the unique features of a place and its ethereal beauty.

24 thoughts on “Traditional Attire of Asia – Nepal (Part 7)

  • September 6, 2019 at 5:23 pm
    Permalink

    Such an interesting and informative article to read. Your post allows us to learn on a different attires and traditions of other country.

    Reply
  • September 6, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    Permalink

    The first one is like modern already.Glad to see something for men on your recent posts hehe. Good job!

    Reply
  • September 6, 2019 at 10:42 pm
    Permalink

    Oh my goodness, this place looks beautiful! Although I’ve never been to Nepal before myself, I would love to make my way over in the near future. Thanks for sharing all of this! 🙂

    Reply
  • September 7, 2019 at 4:40 am
    Permalink

    I never thought about all the different cultural variations of clothing in Asia. Even just for Nepal, there seems to be a lot of options.

    Reply
    • September 7, 2019 at 10:24 am
      Permalink

      I love learning more about other countries, their fashion, traditions, etc.. It’s cool being knowledgeable about other things. Nice blog.

      Reply
  • September 7, 2019 at 7:22 am
    Permalink

    Oh wow! I love their cultures and traditions, I respect all cultures and traditions all over the world. And Nepal is amazing!

    Reply
  • September 7, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Permalink

    I enjoyed reading your post..! It’s nice knowing all these things.. Looking forward for more of your posts.

    Reply
  • September 7, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    Permalink

    I admire your research skills on all these traditional clothing that you post. I really admire your patience and attention to details.

    Reply
  • September 8, 2019 at 5:35 pm
    Permalink

    Nepal has such rich culture and it shows greatly in their customs. Its beautiful and really attractive.

    Reply
  • September 10, 2019 at 3:14 am
    Permalink

    I love finding fashion inspiration from around the world! So many creative and beautiful styles!

    Reply
  • June 25, 2020 at 7:05 am
    Permalink

    Kuntala-ji, Nice post! But I want to point out that many of your facts are mistaken. Dhaka topis may be named after Dhaka, because the style of weaving was adopted from Bengal — not the materials. Daura suruwal is not primarily worn by Brahmins. Until recently most older men in the hills wore it. Gunyo Cholo is primarily Gurung women’s dress — not national dress. Tapalan is the Newar for a long shirt — not the whole outfit… But the work you did on this is appreciated. And most of it is correct!

    Reply
    • June 26, 2020 at 2:47 am
      Permalink

      You may be correct but the facts are from well researched and authentic articles. Thanks for reading.

      Reply

Please share your valuable comments and feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

error: Content is protected !!
%d bloggers like this: