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ੴ TRADITIONAL DRESSES ੴ

A generati0n ago , the trubAn was the "crowning glory" of all Punjabis whether Muslim , Hindu or Sikh . Muslim and Hindus have given up their tUrbAns , but it remains , literally , an article of faith for Sikh men whose religion forbids them to cut their hair . The kurta , a long straight cut , l0ose shirt teamed with pyjames , the l0ose baGGy salwar or a kind of sarong called a l0ongi or tehmat makes up the traditional dress for men . Winter sees the rustic Punjabi in colourful sweaters that wives and m0thers are so skilled in making . A blanket finishes his ensemble . When the urbAn , educated Punjabi steps out to work he will be in shirt and pant or a suit---sartorially indistinguishable from his counterparts in Tokyo or Toronto . Back h0me in the evening , he is likely to be found in m0re traditional dress . The traditional Punjabi shoes , called Juttis retain their popularity with both rural and urban men; they are b0th elegant and c0mf0rtable . Patiala and Muktsar are fam0us for juttis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Its impossible to tell by dress whether a Punjabi woman is a Hindu , Muslim , Sikh or Christian they all dress in salwar topped by a Kameez [ a garment that can be fitted like a dress l0ose like the kurta ] and accented by a rectangular scraf about 2.5 metres long called the ChUnni or DuPpattA . She's f0nt of her sweaters , but she is passionately proud of her c0llecti0n of w0ollen shawls . These can be breathtaking . The w0men of Punjab are responsible for the state's m0st fam0us item of handicraft - The Phulkar ... This is a shawl c0mpletely c0vered in dense silk embroidery , folk motifs in jewel-t0nes on an ochre bAckground . Gold is her weaknesS - Brides are loaded with it . The jewellers of Punjab stock an enormous range of designs in bangles , neckless , rings , ear-rings , n0se pins , ornaments to pin in the hair , anklets and toe-rings . A particular kind of bangle is the tip off in...
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