Traditional Dress of Women
A Women in Traditional Dress
Dhatu or Thipu - Dhatu or Thipu is a square piece of cloth used to cover the head.
Shawls - These shawls are world famous because of their beautiful intricate designs and bright colors.
Pullas - Pullas are footwear like the bedroom slippers made out of hemp (fibre extracted from Marijuana stem). Very colorful designs are made on the upper portion with colored wollen threads.
Ornaments-The people of Palampur Valley like to wear ornaments. They wear beautiful ornaments during special occasions like marriages , festivals and fairs . Women wear light ornaments in their daily life. In the past both men and women used to wear a lot of ornaments, whereas these days only women wear ornaments. Silver ornaments were mostly worn in the past. In the present days gold and silver are equally used. There is an ample variation in the ornaments wore by the women today. The ornaments wore by women are as follows:
Balu- It is a gold nose ring wore by the bride.
Fuli- It is a wore under the bridge of the nose.
Tora- It is a silver ornament used as a hairband.
Tika- It is an elaborate design, a combination of Tunki and Tora.
Paranda- It is a long silver ornament used to decorate the knot.
Payal- This anklet is narrow than the Jhanjhar.
Bichhwa- It is a ring worn on the toes.
Gokhadu- It is a big ear ring with colorful beads and a long chain covering the fore part of the ear.
Bali- It is a big golden ring.
Dhidu- It is a bell shaped ear ring made of gold.
Sikkamala- It is a silver necklace of coins belonging to the British era. This is also worn on occasions like marriages and fairs.
Ghungroomala- It is made up of small hollow silver beads. They are used as a daily wear.
JaumalaJaumala- Jaumala is an ornament of daily wear made up of silver pendants, which are in the shape of barley.
Mendkumala- It is similar to Jaumala but the pendants are smaller in size and slightly round in shape. This is used as a daily wear.
GuthiGuthi- It is a golden ring in the shape of a diamond.
Chhalai- It is in the shape of a band.
TokaeTokae- It is a flat designed silver bracelet, which is around 4" broad. It is generally wore during marriages and fairs.
Maritadi- It is a silver bracelet with beautifully designed spikes. The two ends of the bracelet are joined with the help of a nut.
Jalibandh- It is a 4" broad silver band having intricate net designed on it. It has small bells on one side (gungroo). Two ends of the bracelet are joined with the help of a nut. It is mostly worn during marriages and fairs.
Kangnu- It is a silver bracelet with the heads of snake engraved on the ends.