A black saree of cotton with a red border. This is what we imagine when we talk about newa wear. Of course, why wouldn’t this image occur in our minds when we think about Newa Culture?
After all, haku patasi is the regular wear of newar people. Most of the newar people still wear their traditional attire and follow their traditions even though the country is westernizing its development systems.
Practically, it’s not like that, that they wear these clothes all along the day. But they manage to wear it on different occasions. Like in festivals, jatras, lifetime ceremonies, rallies, and yes, in cultural events. Besides this, you can see a bunch of old people wearing traditional newari attire in their day to day daily life.
The newa wear includes the haku tapli(black cap), dhakatapli (Dhaka topi), trousers (suruwā), and long shirts (tappālan) and gaa(long length shawl)for men. Likewise, women wear a blouse, bhoto (misālan) and hakupatasi, Chireparshi(sari), and gaa(long length shawl).
Especially, the jyapu community among newars wear haku patasi regularly. Also, the girls wear ankle-length gowns. That is called bhāntānlan in the common newari language.
By some means, newa clothing bare unperfect without a shoe. The shoe also plays an important role in making this attire, the most attractive attire in Nepal. Traditionally, newars prefer to wear shoes made out of cloth.
Somehow, women’s footwear is more attractive than men’s. The women’s footwear is made of red cloth. And pamphlets with glitters and colourful beads (potya).
For occurrence, you must try a newa outfit, while you visit Bhaktapur. That will be your best-listed treasure for sure.
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