Kurta - Traditional Attire for Rajasthani Men

Kurta - Traditional Attire for Rajasthani Men

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INTRODUCTION

Rajasthani traditional customs vary on the basis of climate and natural fibers grown in the region. “KURTA” the Rajasthani male upper wear is perhaps one of the most fascinating and attractive attire. The word “KURTA ” is a borrowing from Urdu and Hindi and originally from Persian meaning a collarless shirt and was first used in English in 20th century.

VARIETIES OF  RAJASTHANI KURTA

The Kalidhar kurta is made from geometrical pieces. It has two rectangular panels in the back and in the front. Four flared side panels called kali are attached on either side of central panels.

Their shapes is triangular, narrow at the top and wider at the bottom. The sleeves are rectangular, they are cut square at top and the armholes are set somewhat deep. Small triangular gussets are inserted under arms and sleeves taper towards wrists. The neck is round, garment having side pockets. Sometimes buttonholes are made on both side of planchets into which silver or golden buttons are held together by chains.

There is another type of kurta with two panels back and front which bulge out at the bottom.

FABRICS

Kurta worn in summers are usually made of cotton fabrics whereas winter season kurtas are made of thicker material such as khadi silk a thick coarse hand spun silk that may mixed with other fabrics. Nowdays buttons used in kurta are of wood or plastic while in formal occasions decorative metal buttons which are not sewn to the fabric. Such buttons can be decorated with jewels, enameling etc.

A shorter variation of rajasthan kurta is the “julki” both men and women of garasia community wear it.

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