Bhangra dancing originates from the Punjab, which traditionally has been a rural state, made up of a network of villages. The costumes worn by the dancers can be seen worn by people in their day to day work in the villages, although they are obviously not as colourful as the dancer’s costumes. A traditional costume is made up of the following:
- Torla – This is placed within the turban and is like a fan. You would not see people wearing this in the street, as this is essentially an extra decoration to make the costume stand out.
- Turban – This is tied differently to the traditional turban which you can see Sikh’s wearing and is tied afresh before each show.
- Chughi – A waistcoat without buttons.
- Kurta – Similar to a silk buttoned shirt, very loose with embroidered patterns.
- Chadar – This is a loose loincloth tied around the dancers waist usually decorated.