The significance of traditional Punjabi women wear can be seen in regular wear as well as for different types of occasions. From the festive celebrations of Baisakhi to the wedding rituals, these ethnic clothes are centers of attraction. In fact, these clothes completely justify the celebrating spirit of people in the state.
Phulkari is among the popular traditional women wear, which are as popular as the Punjabi suits. The women from rural areas of Punjab wear Phulkari as their regular wear. The most attractive aspect of these clothes is the embroidery work done in folk motif styles. Women wear these beautiful clothes for occasions like wedding and on the birth of child.
Designing one phulkari can take several months and the results are simply enthralling. In general, the elder women of the households design these clothes at homes for their granddaughters. Phulkari is also an important part of the traditional shawls that women wear in the state. While some of these shawls have embroidery work done on borders, others have overall embroidery designs.
Punjabi suits consists of three pieces – the kameez which women wear as tops, the salwaar which acts like the bottom piece and the dupatta or chunni. There are slight variations in the designs of these clothes in different regions of Punjab. Simple suits made up of cotton form the regular wear for women. For special occasions like wedding, the suits made up of silk, satin and other materials are quite popular.
Kurtis are other popular traditional clothes and dress designs for women in Punjab. A popular variation of these clothes is called churidaar kurtis which are not only popular in the rural areas, but also in the urban parts of the state. In fact, the modernized versions of kurtis are quite famous in western countries as well.
Punjabi suits and other traditional Punjabi clothes for women are adorned with gold jewelry. It is indeed a wonderful look that Punjabi women attain with these traditional clothing styles.