Rajputi Poshak - Blend of Tradition and Glamour

Rajputi poshak, the traditional dress of women of the Rajput community in the north-western Indian state, Rajasthan.

It consists of kanchli (inner-wear with sleeves), waist-length kurta i.e a sleeveless blouse, ghagra (pleated skirt), and odhna (long, flowing veil).

Unlike the sari, which is recognizably a pan-Indian garment and whose appearance and presentation varies from state to state, the poshak is distinct and indigenous to Rajasthan.

Traditional to the Rajput community in Rajasthan and outside, it is a familiar sight during weddings and the ceremonial occasions of Holi, Gangaur and the Hariyali Teej.

Historical information on the poshak’s origin is very limited. According to the Mehrangarh Museum Trust, the garment may have been adopted by Jodhpur royals around the late 19th century.

It is likely that poshaks were originally made from fabrics such as mulmul and would most commonly be tie-dyed using leheriya.For ceremonial occasions, the royalty would wear silks with embroidery or crafts such as gota patti. Silk became common as it became more accessible.

In the absence of documented history, the stories of poshaks endure in family anecdotes, as heirlooms passed down generations and received as padla which is trousseau from the groom’s family. Many Rajput families preserve and procure old textiles. and they keep transferring the embellishments on to new fabrics  in pure gold and silver back in the day.

Women are often custodians of these traditions. Some most famous Rajputi Poshaks are Zardosi Work Rajputi Poshak, Gotta Patti Poshak, Zari Poshak and  Kundan Poshak and many more.

When it comes to contemporary poshaks, there is little to no change in either silhouettes or embellishments among those available in the market. Occasionally, one hears of an A-list designer creating a poshak.

In 2019, couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee created the much-publicized wedding ensemble for actor and dancer Mohena Kumari Singh (of Rewa, Madhya Pradesh). But most still turn to traditional and local makers, some of who are bringing subtle changes to the ensemble.

Despite the fact that the poshak is worn primarily at weddings and festivities, it is big business for stores and designers. There is also an influx of machine-made poshaks, available in local bazaars across Rajasthan as well as online stores and marketplaces


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