Traditional Costumes of Sikkim for Men and Women


Clothing of Sikkim shows the cultural and social lifestyle of major communities like Nepalis, Bhutias and Lepchas. There are different types of costumes worn by these 3 communities that further divided into a wide variety. Many people have settled in the state from other parts of India like Punjabis, Marwaris, Bengalis, Bihari and South Indians. They have their own traditional to wear clothing. Lepchas are the real inhabitants of the state who flaunt several costumes with splendid colors.

Costumes of Women in Sikkim

The inherited clothing of Lepcha women is Dumdyam or Dumvum, it is a type of cozy and smooth ankle-long costume, dressed like a traditional saree. It is worn by many women throughout in Sikkim. Tago is another beautiful dress which is a loose-fitted worn with blouse called as Nyamrek, a type of belt and Taro, a traditional headgear. The beautiful ornaments are displayed by women, flaunting earning known as Namchok, and bracelet as Gyar. There is a Bhutia community as well that hailed from Tibet and has root in all over Sikkim. Bhutia women normally wear Bakhu or Kho, it is a silky lose blouse (mostly full-sleeve), and a jacket called Kushen.

Nepali women wear remarkable dresses endowed with beautiful hues. A common saree worn by them is Pharia that comes in vibrant colors and shades. The blouse is also put on with this saree.

Costumes of Men in Sikkim

The male Lepcha mostly wear Thokro-Dum that includes a pajama, a shirt, Shambo (headgear) and Yenthatse. The dress of male is rough and good for the field work. Bhutia men wear Kho, also called as Bakhu. It is tied at the neck and the waist with cotton or silk belt. Nepali males love to wear Shurval, which is a Churidar Pajama with a shirt a traditional shirt.