Traditional Costumes of Darjeeling for Men and Women


Darjeeling is well-known for tea grown in North East India. Originally inhabited with Rongpa and Lepchas (ravine folk), Darjeeling has unique customs and traditions. Outfits of people in Darjeeling are also designed with a lot of care.

Cotton is also used to produce various clothing products such as table mats, summer wear, shirts, saree, napkins, bed sheets, etc. Cotton fabric is popular in India because it is soft and maintains the complete yarn’s hairiness. Indian states have their specific conventional weaving traditions. 

Different indigenous groups like Gorkhas, Khampas, Newars, Sherpas, Bengalee and Bhutias wear different types of costumes. The vivid lifestyle is also exceptional in Darjeeling. People love to don seasonal attires.
Nepali Women Wearing Chaubandi Choli
Traditional Clothing for Women in Darjeeling: 

Women usually wear chaubandi choli (a traditional blouse) with gunui cholo (a long skirt). Lepcha women wear dumdem (an ankle length long skirt). Made of silk and cotton, the dress is commonly of solid colour. A full sleeved blouse is worn with dumdem dress.

Traditional Clothing for Men in Darjeeling: 

There are two types of traditional attires for men in Darjeeling – Lepcha amd Tibetan usually wear Sikkimese bakkhu, whereas men in Gorkha community wear daura sarwal (kurta and a pyjama with a waistcoat). Lepcha men put a hand woven cloth on their shoulder. They also put on a small round shaped cap over their head which is called as thyaktuk.