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29+ Best Punjabi Clothes Vocab

August 5, 2022
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If you ever visit Punjab, wouldn't you like to wear Punjabi clothes? Punjabi clothes are different from regular Western clothes, and thus you should know the relevant words if you are interested in buying clothes of good quality. In this blog post, you will learn about different types of Punjabi clothes along with the epic Punjabi clothes vocab, which will further assist you in choosing the best clothes for yourself.

Clothes/Clothing In Punjab

The word for clothes is ਕੱਪੜੇ (Kapaṛē) in Punjabi. Punjabis are very concerned and sensitive about their culture and clothing. They find it offensive if someone disobeys or mocks their clothing style. Therefore, not knowing their way of dressing while living there causes a problem.

The lavishing clothes in Punjab give an insight into the vibrant, dazzling lifestyle and culture of Punjab. Punjabi dresses are always a merger of beauty, comfort, and colors. These cultural and traditional dresses show the harmony of modernity of the people living there.

Different Punjabi Clothes

Best Punjabi Clothes Vocab

In ancient times, Punjabi people used to wear cotton clothes. Both men and women used to wear Knee-length tops. Let's look at some most common clothes in Punjab.

ਸੁਥਾਨ (Suthāna)

ਸੁਥਾਨ (Suthāna), which got its name from the Punjabi region Suthana, is a lower garment and stated as a type of trousers. The Punjabi Suthana is a kind of Svasthana that can be loose or tight around the ankle according to its type.

It is both a men's and women's garment, but women mainly wear it with a kurta. Punjabi people mostly wear it and do not wait for a specific date and time.

ਕੁੜਤਾ (Kuṛatā)

ਕੁੜਤਾ (Kuṛatā) Worn in Northern India, Kurta used to be a shirt; short in length. It is considered comfortable because it is loose.

Moreover, its sides are slashed. The modern Kurta is similar to the ancient Kurta, well-worn by people in the Punjab district.

ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਕਮੀਜ਼ (Śalavāra kamīza)

ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਕਮੀਜ਼ (Śalavāra kamīza) is a Punjabi dress that is worn by people in all five provinces of Pakistan. It consists of a straight-cut salwar and Kurta.

This Punjabi suit is stitched from different styles worn by people in cities and villages. The kameez is stitched straight and flat, while the shalwar is loose from the top but fits at the point of the legs. As time passes, changes can be seen in the designs of the ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਕਮੀਜ਼ (Śalavāra kamīza) as well. 

ਚੋਲਾ (Cōlā)

ਚੋਲਾ (Cōlā) is a kind of garment that is similar to a gown. Men and women can wear it. It can also reach the point of the ankle. It contains a lot of fabric for the stitching, and it increases the beauty of a woman. The people of upper local areas wear it.

ਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਘੱਗਰਾ (Pajābī ghagarā)

Before Punjabi suits, the traditional clothes of Punjabi women were Punjabi ghagra. These clothes include a head scarf, shalwar, Kurta, and ghagra. A Punjabi Ghagra is worn in various parts of Punjab. Ghagra became a well-liked attire in the period of Gupta. Its origin is Candakata.

The Candakata used to be male-half trousers and later transformed into ghagra. 

ਫੁਲਕਾਰੀ (Phulakārī)

Its origin is the 15th century. It refers to a term called flower craft. It represents the symbol of the clothing desires of women in Punjab and is representative of floral heritage.

This traditional dress contains bright colors and is embroidered lavishly. Phulkari dress can be woven into other clothing items like shawls, kurtas, lehengas, and dupattas. You can check a Punjabi calendar and look for the best events to try this out

ਪਟਿਆਲਾ ਸਲਵਾਰ (Paṭi'ālā salavāra)

This dress has its roots in Patiala. It consists of baggy and pleated trousers. Earlier, it was worn by men, but now Patiala salwar is more prevalent among girls. It is a combination of a kurta and chunni. This traditional dress has various modern designs while keeping the traditional cultural touch alive.

ਜਾਮਾ (Jāmā)

The traditional dress worn by men in the Mughal regime is known as Jama. It is like a skirt because it is a long piece that flares up at the ankles or knees. It is usually paired with a turban to reflect royalty and goes well with majestic kings. This dress has long sleeves. It allows freedom of movement, and therefore it is comfortable.

ਪਗੜੀ (Pagaṛī)

The headwear worn by Punjabi Sikh men is known as ਪਗੜੀ (Pagaṛī). This turban is available in different colors and has a lot of significance in the lives of Punjabi men as it helps them to cover up their long hair. Dastar Bandi is the ritual in the Golden temple where the young children wear turbans for the first time in the presence of their family members.

ਚੂੜੀਦਾਰ ਪਜਾਮਾ (Cūṛīdāra pajāmā)

The culture of ਚੂੜੀਦਾਰ ਪਜਾਮਾ (Cūṛīdāra pajāmā) came into being from Royal families. It is a part of men's and women's attire. It is connected with Punjab and is famous all over the subcontinent. Mostly, churidar pajamas are blue with Sussi (cotton) material, but it depends on people's choices. They buy different colors of churidar pajamas. 

ਬਹਾਵਲਪੁਰੀ ਸਲਵਾਰ ਸੂਟ (Bahāvalapurī salavāra sūṭa)

While talking about the traditional clothes of the Punjab of India, let's also talk about one from the Punjab of Pakistan.

The origin of this suit is Bahawalpur, Pakistan. The ਬਹਾਵਲਪੁਰੀ ਸਲਵਾਰ ਸੂਟ (Bahāvalapurī salavāra sūṭa) has a lot of voluminous folds and is baggy. The traditional material is Sufi, combined with silk fabric and gold threads. 

Punjabi Clothes Vocab

When you go to Punjab, you can wear anything. From wearing jeans and shirts to pants, everything is allowed. But what would be culturally more appropriate is to buy the traditional clothes of Punjab and try to mix with the people. This is a sweet gesture in Punjab, and people find it easier to accept you.

Here is a list of basic words and phrases for different clothes in the Punjabi language!

A-M

English WordsPunjabi TranslationRomanized Punjabi
Anga/Angarkhaਅੰਗਾ/ਅੰਗਾਰਖਾAgā/agārakhā
Bahawalpuri shalwar suitਬਹਾਵਲਪੁਰੀ ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਸੂਟbahāvalapurī śalavāra sūṭa
Chamba angarkhiਚੰਬਾ ਅੰਗਰਖੀcabā agarakhī
Chaup and subarਚੌਪ ਅਤੇ ਸੁਬਾਰcaupa atē subāra
Chhamaasਛਮਾਸchamāsa
Choga and Neelakਚੋਗਾ ਅਤੇ ਨੀਲਕcōgā atē nīlaka
Churidar pajamaਚੂੜੀਦਾਰ ਪਜਾਮਾcūṛīdāra pajāmā
Fabric prints and embroideryਫੈਬਰਿਕ ਪ੍ਰਿੰਟਸ ਅਤੇ ਕਢਾਈphaibarika priṭasa atē kaḍhā'ī
Ghoonghat baghਘੂੰਘਾਟ ਬਾਗghūghāṭa bāga
Jama and Turbanਜਾਮਾ ਅਤੇ ਦਸਤਾਰjāmā atē dasatāra
Khes and Parandaਖੇਸ ਅਤੇ ਪਰਾਂਦਾkhēsa atē parāndā
Kurti and Cholaਕੁਰਤੀ ਅਤੇ ਚੋਲਾkuratī atē cōlā
Muktsari kurtaਮੁਕਤਸਰੀ ਕੁੜਤਾmukatasarī kuṛatā
Multani kurtaਮੁਲਤਾਨੀ ਕੁੜਤਾmulatānī kuṛatā
Multani shalwar suitਮੁਲਤਾਨੀ ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਸੂਟmulatānī śalavāra sūṭa

P-Z

English WordsPunjabi TranslationRomanized Punjabi
Patiala salwarਪਟਿਆਲਾ ਸਲਵਾਰPaṭi'ālā salavāra
Phulkari and Luanchariਫੁਲਕਾਰੀ ਅਤੇ ਲੂਣਚਾਰੀphulakārī atē lūṇacārī
Phulkari of south and southwestern Punjab regionਦੱਖਣ ਅਤੇ ਦੱਖਣ-ਪੱਛਮੀ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਖੇਤਰ ਦੀ ਫੁਲਕਾਰੀdakhaṇa atē dakhaṇa-pachamī pajāba khētara dī phulakārī
Phulkari sariਫੁਲਕਾਰੀ ਸਾੜ੍ਹੀphulakārī sāṛhī
Pothohari suitਪੋਠੋਹਾਰੀ ਸੂਟpōṭhōhārī sūṭa
Punjabi bandhani kurtaਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਬੰਧਨੀ ਕੁੜਤਾpajābī badhanī kuṛatā
Punjabi ghagraਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਘੱਗਰਾpajābī ghagarā
Punjabi ghuttanaਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਘੁੱਟਣਾpajābī ghuṭaṇā
Punjabi Jutiਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਜੁੱਤੀpajābī jutī
Punjabi phulkari kurtaਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਫੁਲਕਾਰੀ ਕੁੜਤਾpajābī phulakārī kuṛatā
Punjabi suthan suitਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਸੂਟ ਸੂਟpajābī sūṭa sūṭa
Punjabi tamba and kurtaਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਤੰਬਾ ਅਤੇ ਕੁੜਤਾpajābī tabā atē kuṛatā
Salwar Kameezਸਲਵਾਰ ਕਮੀਜ਼salavāra kamīza
Saraiki shalwar suitsਸਰਾਇਕੀ ਸ਼ਲਵਾਰ ਸੂਟsarā'ikī śalavāra sūṭa
Senchi phulkariਸੈਂਚੀ ਫੁਲਕਾਰੀsain̄cī phulakārī
Suthan and Kurtaਸੁਥਾਨ ਅਤੇ ਕੁਰਤਾsuthāna atē kuratā
Til patraਤਿਲ ਪਾਤਰਾtila pātarā

Accessories In Punjabi

Best Punjabi Clothes Vocab

Here is a list of all the words for accessories which you can wear with clothes

English WordsPunjabi TranslationRomanized Punjabi
Anklets and Beltsਗਿੱਟੇ ਅਤੇ ਬੈਲਟGiṭē atē bailaṭa
Bangles and Braceletsਚੂੜੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਕੰਗਣcūṛī'āṁ atē kagaṇa
Brooches and Pinsਬਰੂਚ ਅਤੇ ਪਿੰਨbarūca atē pina
Cuff Links and Studsਕਫ਼ ਲਿੰਕਸ ਅਤੇ ਸਟੱਡਸkafa likasa atē saṭaḍasa
Earrings and Eyeglassesਮੁੰਦਰਾ ਅਤੇ ਐਨਕਾਂmudarā atē ainakāṁ
Facemask and Glovesਫੇਸਮਾਸਕ ਅਤੇ ਦਸਤਾਨੇphēsamāsaka atē dasatānē
Hair accessories and Helmetsਵਾਲਾਂ ਦੇ ਉਪਕਰਣ ਅਤੇ ਹੈਲਮੇਟvālāṁ dē upakaraṇa atē hailamēṭa
Handkerchiefs and pocket squaresਰੁਮਾਲ ਅਤੇ ਜੇਬ ਵਰਗrumāla atē jēba varaga
Hats and Handbagsਟੋਪੀਆਂ ਅਤੇ ਹੈਂਡਬੈਗṭōpī'āṁ atē haiṇḍabaiga
Headdresses and headwrapsਸਿਰਲੇਖ ਅਤੇ ਸਿਰਲੇਖsiralēkha atē siralēkha
Luggageਸਮਾਨsamāna
Necklaces and Pendantsਹਾਰ ਅਤੇ ਪੈਂਡੈਂਟਸhāra atē paiṇḍaiṇṭasa
Neckties and Perfumesਨੇਕਟਾਈਜ਼ ਅਤੇ ਅਤਰnēkaṭā'īza atē atara
Phones and peripheralsਫ਼ੋਨ ਅਤੇ ਪੈਰੀਫਿਰਲfōna atē pairīphirala
Purses and Walletsਪਰਸ ਅਤੇ ਬਟੂਏparasa atē baṭū'ē
Rings and Sashesਰਿੰਗ ਅਤੇ ਸੈਸ਼riga atē saiśa
Scarves and Footwearਸਕਾਰਫ਼ ਅਤੇ ਜੁੱਤੇsakārafa atē jutē
Socks and Stockingsਜੁਰਾਬਾਂ ਅਤੇ ਸਟੋਕਿੰਗਜ਼jurābāṁ atē saṭōkigaza
Sunglasses and Umbrellaਸਨਗਲਾਸ ਅਤੇ ਛਤਰੀsanagalāsa atē chatarī

Brands In Punjab For Women

If there is one thing that Punjabi women love, it is shopping. Punjabi women adore shopping from several brands, and thus here is a list of some of the most common brands in Punjab that you can vouch for.

English WordsPunjabi TranslationRomanized Punjabi
AksਅਕਸAkasa
Anoukਅਨੋਕanōka
Aureliaਔਰੇਲੀਆaurēlī'ā
BIBAਬੀ.ਬੀ.ਏbī.Bī.Ē
FabIndiaਫੈਬਇੰਡੀਆphaiba'iḍī'ā
Geruaਗੇਰੂਆgērū'ā
Global Desiਗਲੋਬਲ ਦੇਸੀgalōbala dēsī
Haute Curryਹੌਟ ਕਰੀhauṭa karī
Jaipur Kurtiਜੈਪੁਰ ਕੁਰਤੀjaipura kuratī
Juniperਜੂਨੀਪਰjūnīpara
Karigariਕਰਿਗਾਰੀkarigārī
Libasਲਿਬਾਸlibāsa
Rain And Rainbowਮੀਂਹ ਅਤੇ ਸਤਰੰਗੀ ਪੀmīnha atē sataragī pī
Rangmanch/Akkriti By Pantaloonsਪੈਂਟਾਲੂਨ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਰੰਗਮੰਚ/ਅਕ੍ਰਿਤੀpaiṇṭālūna du'ārā ragamaca/akritī
Rangritiਰੰਗਰਿਤੀragaritī
Sangriaਸੰਗਰੀਆsagarī'ā
Shreeਸ਼੍ਰੀśrī
Sochਸੋਚsōca
W for Womanਔਰਤ ਲਈ ਡਬਲਯੂaurata la'ī ḍabalayū

Brands In Punjab For Men

Now that we have talked about the brands of women not talking about the brand of men would be such a shame. Here is a list of brands for men in Punjab that you can also try, Cheers!

English WordsPunjabi TranslationRomanized Punjabi
Allen Sollyਐਲਨ ਸੋਲੀAilana sōlī
Arrowਤੀਰtīra
BlackBerrysਬਲੈਕਬੇਰੀbalaikabērī
Classic Poloਕਲਾਸਿਕ ਪੋਲੋkalāsika pōlō
Fabindiaਫੈਬਿੰਦਿਆphaibidi'ā
Flying Machineਫਲਾਇੰਗ ਮਸ਼ੀਨphalā'iga maśīna
Indian Terrainਭਾਰਤੀ ਭੂਮੀbhāratī bhūmī
John Playersਜੌਹਨ ਖਿਡਾਰੀjauhana khiḍārī
Louis Phillippeਲੁਈਸ ਫਿਲਿਪlu'īsa philipa
Monte Carloਮੋਂਟੇ ਕਾਰਲੋmōṇṭē kāralō
Muftiਮੁਫਤੀmuphatī
Numero Unoਨੰਬਰ ਯੂ.ਐਨ.ਓnabara yū.Aina.Ō
Park Avenueਪਾਰਕ ਐਵੇਨਿਊpāraka aivēni'ū
Parxਪਾਰਕਸpārakasa
Peter Englandਪੀਟਰ ਇੰਗਲੈਂਡpīṭara igalaiṇḍa
Privée ParisPrivée ਪੈਰਿਸPrivée pairisa
Provogueਪ੍ਰੋਵੋਗprōvōga
Raymondਰੇਮੰਡrēmaḍa
Van Heusenਵੈਨ ਹਿਊਜ਼ਨvaina hi'ūzana

Wrapping Up

Best Punjabi Clothes Vocab

Punjabi is the most popular first language of Pakistan and also India. The users of the Punjabi language are about two and a half million people all over the world. It is a rich and tonal language.

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