Traditional Dress of Jammu and Kashmir

Traditional Dress of Jammu and Kashmir

If you are amazed by the dresses of Jammu and Kashmir and wanted to know more about the Traditional Dresses of Jammu and Kashmir with pictures then you are at the right place to do so. In this article, I am going to tell you all about Jammu and Kashmir Traditional Dress and various Costumes of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Northernmost region of India- Jammu and Kashmir is blessed with scenic valleys, beautiful snow-clad mountains, freshwater lakes and warmhearted people. However, the most beautiful thing in Jammu and Kashmir is the Culture of Jammu and Kashmir.

In Jammu and Kashmir, various communities live in harmony for centuries celebrating the diversity of the state. The traditional clothes of Jammu and Kashmir are one of the most beautiful aspects of the rich Cultural Heritage of Jammu and Kashmir.

List of Jammu and Kashmir traditional Dress/Clothing Elements:

  • Pheran
  • Dogri Suthan 
  • Dogri Suit
  • Safa
  • Pathani Suit
  • Gujjari Dress
  • Fadtki
  • Khraw
  • Kuntops



Pheran is the most popular Kashmiri traditional dress of Jammu and Kashmir. It is mainly worn by people in the Kashmir region. However, it is also popular in some districts of Jammu region.

Pheran is a blend of Indian and Middle Eastern attires. Pheran is a unique loose and long attire similar to that of Kurtas. It acts as a sweater, jacket, coat or even blanket whatever you want it to be but I am sure it serves its purpose.  

In Kashmir, the Pheran is for Men as well as it is a Kashmiri dress for Ladies. For Men, the Pheran is simple but attractive. However, for the women, the Pheran comes with beautiful Iranian Zari embroidery work.

The women generally put other accessories over the Pheran. A beautiful matching cloth tied to the waist of the Kashmiri women known as Lihung

A headcover or scarf is worn generally by the Kashmiri women from both the Hindu community as well as the women belonging to the Muslim community of Kashmir. The scarf or the headcover is known as Kasaba or Taranga in Kashmiri.


The Kashmiri Traditional Dress Pheran is a unique attire which prevents the locals from chilled winter. The Pherans are loose enough to put a Kangri inside the Pheran which helps to maintain the temperature of the body while in winters. 


Dogri Suthan

The Dogri Suthan as the name suggests is primarily the Dogra Traditional Dress of the Jammu region. Dogra is an ethnicity belonging to the Shivaliks and the lower plains of the Jammu region. 

Dogri Suthan is an inseparable part of the traditional clothing of Jammu and Kashmir. Dogri Suthan is loose from waist to knees while it gets tighter from knees to ankle creating many folds or pleats at the ankle.

Both men and women can wear the Dogri Suthan but the styles are different. Sometimes the Dogri Suthan is also known as Chudidar Pyjamas. These Chudidar Pyjamas are the favourite articles of clothing of the Dogra Kings.

Dogra Dress


Proud Dogras used to wear Turbans along with their long Kurtas and Chudidar Pyjamas. These traditional Turbans are known as Safas and are very popular in the Jammu region.

At present, the elders in the Dogra community wear Safas. In functions and festivals, all the men wear Safas which is a unique part of the Dogra Cultural identity. 

Padma Shri Narsingh Dev Jamwal wearing Dogri Safa


Dogri Suit Design
Dogri Suit Design

Dogri Suit is the Traditional Dogra Dress of Dogra women in the Jammu region. The Dogri Suit Comprises of Salwar and Kameez

The uniqueness in style and the beautiful embroidery in Golden and Silver threads makes Dogri Suit first choice among the Dogras.

Dogri Suit is accompanied with the Dupattas matching with the Suit. The Dupattas for general wear are modest while for special occasions the Dogra clothing Dupattas are filled with different beautiful patterns. These patterns are mainly birds, cherries, flowers etc

Velvet Suits with beautiful golden border are also very popular in the Jammu region in winters. Beautiful Coloured Shawls are also widely used in the winters. Shawls are the inseparable element of Jammu and Kashmir Clothing.


Kashmir is the cradle of Central Asia, there are various ethnicities in Kashmir belonging to various present-day Central Asian countries. Hence, the Kashmiri dresses are so vibrant and unique as compared to the rest of India. 

The ethnic and the most popular apparel of Kashmiri men is Pathani Suit which is often known as Khan Dress. Pathani Suit mainly derives its origin from the land of Hindu Kush Mountains- Afghanistan.

The Pathani Suit is topped with matching waistcoats which are known as Sadri in Kashmir.


Gujjar Tribe

Gujjars are the Nomadic tribes of Jammu and Kashmir living in the Mountain ranges of Jammu and Kashmir. Most of the tribal Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir depends on livestock

The Dress of Gujjars of Jammu and Kashmir is also unique. The Gujjars wear Long Sleeve Kurtas and loose Salwars. However, the distinguishing element of the Gujjari Dress is the heavy artistic Jewellery most of which is made up of Silver.

The Gujjari Dress is also one of the beautiful Kashmiri traditional Dress. In winters, Shwals and thin but warm sheep wool blankets are used by both men and women of the Gujjar community. 


Fadki Fatki

Fadki or Fatki is the Traditional blanket used by Gujjars, Bakerwals and the Dogras living in the mountains of the Jammu region.

This traditional Kambal or blanket of the Pahari people is made of the sheep wool. Livestock and Agriculture is the major source of income for the mountain dwellers of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Most of the Tribal communities use traditional Fadki to warm themselves in the harsh winters of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Fadki is made by the artisans in the community. It is thin and light but provides warmth much more than any other modern blanket. 

Since the fadki is light in weight, many in the community especially males use Fadki as Shawl in Winters. 



Khraw is the traditional Clothing element of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Khraw is traditional footwear of Jammu and Kashmir made up of wood

It is however not used extensively nowadays by the people of Jammu and Kashmir, but every household in Jammu and Kashmir has a pair of Khraw. 

Nowadays, Khraw is used mainly in the Pooja and Kitchen to maintain purity. It is also used by priests in temples and other places of worship in Jammu and Kashmir. 



Kuntops is the traditional Dress of Ladakh for women. Kuntops is the bewitching dress of Ladakh pleasing to the eyes, mostly worn by the women of Ladakh belonging to the Tibetan origin.

Kuntops are woolen robes of bright colours mostly red. Kuntops are also known as Chuba in some parts of Ladakh. 

The headgear which is decorated with colourful stones worn by women of Ladakh on special occasions is known as Perak.

For men in Ladakh, the woollen robes are known as Goncha. Goncha is the traditional attire for men of Ladakh.

Traditional Jewellery of Jammu and Kashmir: 

Like the Traditional Dresses of Jammu and Kashmir, the traditional jewellery of Jammu and Kashmir is also unique and beautiful. 

There are many communities in Jammu and Kashmir, the traditional jewelleries of these communities are different from one another but all are beautiful. 

1. Jiggni Jewellery

Jiggni Kashmir

Jiggni is a unique piece of ornaments worn by the Kashmiri Pandit women on foreheads. 

It is generally made up of Gold or Silver hanging from the forehead attached to the scarf. The shape of Jiggni is mostly circular, semi-circular or triangular

2. Nath Jewellery

Kashmiri Jewellery

Nath is a nose-ring which is an inseparable part of the Dogra and Gujjar community. Nath is worn by the Dogra and Gujjar women. 

Nath is known as Laung in Dogri. In Dogra Culture, women wear Nath irrespective of their marital status. Married and Unmarried both women can wear Nath, however, the design varies. 

3. Dejihor Earrings


Dejihor is the traditional Earrings of the Kashmiri Pandit community. These are worn by the Kashmiri women after the marriage. 

The piercing for Dejihor is also unique, piercing is done more than one times in order to wear Dejihor. 


I hope you learnt a lot from this and get what you are looking for. I have enlisted almost all the necessary information about the Traditional Dresses of Jammu and Kashmir and the traditional Jewellery of Jammu and Kashmir. 

Jammu and Kashmir is blessed not only with the scenic beauty but the Culture of this region is also beautiful and majestic like its valleys and mountains. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Q. What is the traditional Kashmiri dress for Male? 

A. The Traditional Dress of Kashmir for males are- Pathani Suit, Kurta, Pheran. Pheran is the most attire of Kashmir. 

Q. Where I can buy Kashmiri Clothes? 

A. You can buy Kashmiri Clothes in the local markets of Jammu and Kashmir. The main Markets of Jammu is Raghunath Bazar Market. 

Q. How to wear Kashmiri Dress? 

A. Kashmiri dress is easy to wear like any other traditional attires of India. However, there are many clothing elements that are unique to Jammu and Kashmir. Scarfs and Pherans are the most popular ones.

Q. What is Kashmiri Traditional Dress for Girl? 

A. Pheran is the traditional Kashmiri Dress for Girls. While Suit is the most common traditional attires of girls in Jammu region.

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