Traditional Costumes of Tripura for Men and Women


Many people think that people of Tripura also follow similar traditions and patterns of wearing clothing in Tripura like other north-eastern states of India. However, the reality is very different. The outfits are totally diverse in terms of designs and patterns in this state of India. The hilly area of Tripura is blessed with natural beauties. You can also find hardworking weavers with expertise to design stunning dresses for kids, youngsters and elderly. There are several tribes in Tripura like Kuki-Chin, Khakloo, Lushei and Halam, where you can find art of weaving for designing traditional outfits.

Outstanding resemblance of customary clothing can also be seen in tribes like Khakloo.  As the inhabitants of Tripura like to live simple lifestyle, their costumes are also designed in such a manner. Plain dressing pattern is prevalent throughout the tribes that can be seen in regular work and hilly weather. Toddlers hardly wear anything apart from those times when it becomes necessary in the rainy season and winter. Loincloth is worn by the kids.

Costumes of Men in Tripura 

The usual costume for men in Tripura is a loose cloth resembling a towel known as Rikutu Gamcha worn with a shirt known as Kubai. During the summer months, people put on a turban or pagri over their head to protect themselves from excessive heat and humid. The western culture has influenced the clothing of young boys and they love to wear t-shirts, jeans, trousers, shirts and other outfits in western style.

Costumes of Women in Tripura 

In tribes like Khakloo, women cover themselves in a large piece of cloth called as Rinai. It is draped all across the waist till the knees. Women also put on a short size of cloth known as Risa. Most of the Risas are designed with gorgeous embroideries. Women can also be seen wearing headdresses at the work.

Coin strands and plethora of beads are used to beautify the neck of females. They wear a blue cotton fabric as well that looks like petticoat or skirt. When it comes to performing the dance, some extra clothing are worn by the women. Moreover, they wear beautiful jewelries in special occasions and festivals.