Traditional Costumes of Arunachal Pradesh for Men and Women


Arunachal Pradesh is a north-eastern state of India bordering with other states like Nagaland and Assam to the south and sharing international borders with Myanamar to the east, Bhutan to the west and China to the north. Its capital is Itanagar. However, China has declared most of the areas of Arunachal Pradesh as its territory as South Tibet.

The traditional attires of Arunachal Pradesh are also very spectacular. Different tribes of this state wear different types of costumes. In their dresses, one can see the reflection of their myriad patterns, vibrant colors and features of their tribal culture. It shows their aesthetic style and enthusiasm for embellishment. The outfits are exceptional and even attract people from other parts of India.

Monpas put on a skullcap. The fames of Monpas wear a long jacket over the sleeveless chemise. There is a strip of cloth to bind the chemise properly.

Costumes of Women in Arunachal Pradesh

Accessories are compulsory for girls and women in most of the tribes in Arunachal Pradesh. The Monpa women beautify themselves with earrings, silver rings, bamboo-bits, red beads and attractive turquoises. There is another famous dress accessory is cap, adorned with a stunning peacock-feather. The outfit looks really astonishing and attracts others. The Hill Miris live in the Kamla valley and they wear dazzling costumes. Women also put on ‘crinoline of cane rings’ that looks really very beautiful.

The Sherdukpen reside in the southern region of Bomdila, resembling with the Buddhist community. Men in this community wear sleeveless material made of silk with 2 edges that are pinned property at the shoulder area. The clothing is usually knee-long. Its hallmark is the skull-caps smeared with the hair of yak. Sherdukpen women dress up in sleeveless and collarless garment. Over it, they wear a full-sleeved jacket with wait cloth known as mushaiks.

Tribal Costumes in Arunachal Pradesh 

People of Tangsa tribe adorn the costumes style of Burmese. Men of this tribe wear lungi of green color with white, red and yellow yarn. They wear a sleeveless shirt as well as an upper garment. Women put on eye-catching woven petticoat with a beautiful linen blouse. Females of Miji tribe who live in the East and West Kameng districts, depict simplicity and elegance in their outfits. The long cloak is simply wonderful of Miji women. They wear big earrings and dazzling necklaces.

The people of Adi tribe live in sub-tropical areas in the districts of Upper Siang, East Siang, West Siang, Dibang Vally and Upper Subansiri. They wear woolen garments and jackets to make their body warmer. Both men and women also wear clothing made of deer, bear and cane skin.