Traditional Male Attire: Chorno & Kediyu Traditional Female Attire: Chaniyo & Choli
The folk tradition of Gujarat includes bhavai and raas-garba. The raas-garba is a folk dance done at the celebration of Navratri. The traditional dress worn are Chaniaya Choli worn by the female and Chorno-Kediyu worn by the male. Raas dance is considered to be the form of ras-leela , which Lord Krishna used to perform when he lived the life of a cowherd boy in Gokul and Vrindavan.
‘Kediyu’ or ‘angarakhu’ is the top worn by the male paired with churidar styled bottom known as chorno . The head dress is a turban known as ‘phento’ which is still seen worn by few especially the agriculturists.
Women commonly put chaniya (petticoat in different colours) embroidered with ‘abhala’- small mirror pieces. The petticoat is paired with embroidery blouse known as choli or polku, along with odhani- a dupatta covering the body and the head .
In routine, Gujarati male wear dhoti with a short coat and women wear is sari and blouse.
Typical folk dance costumes in men for Raas-Garba is a small coat called Keviya with tight sleeves and pleated frills at the waist with embroidered borders and shoulders ,chudidars and colorfully embroidered caps ,colored turban and colored kamarbandha ( waistbelt) .
For women, the dress is lehenga choli or ghahra choli . These cholis are brightly embroidered, waist length . Ghaghras or lehengas are ankle length skirts. The attire is completed by a dupatta.
Chunky silver jewellery goes perfect with the attire!