Himachali Topi - Requesting Information

#1 May 11th, 2010, 14:24
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Does anyone have any reliable information about Himachali topis? Do the different designs mean anything or are they just artistic patterns, and so forth.

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http://www.indiamike.com/photopost/s...0/ppuser/29192


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#2 May 11th, 2010, 14:47
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people patronizing "C" wear Himachali cap in one style and those who support"B" wear it in different way.
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Originally Posted by delhiSIX View Post people patronizing Congress wear Himachali cap in one style and those who support BJP wear it in different way.

Thank you. I also read that article about the politically correct green(C) and maroon(B) bands, that is not what I meant.

I wanted to know if there is any traditional significance to the patterns.
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I cant believe no one has any information about this. Going through the Himachal forum, it is obvious that quite a few members are local Himachalis. Surely they ought to know.

Or is it a state secret?
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The first cap with the ikkat design looks Nepali.
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I own two of the said topis both with different designs. One I bought in Chamba, the other in Sarahan.
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The green topi is the kinnauri topi.
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Himachal has different topi's for a certain regions. Kully valley has different then Chamba, Lahaul people have red, Kinnaur Green, Spiti has the traditional HAT. Lot of himachalis(younger ones) also relate the topi colour with political parties which is Green for Congress and Red for BJP. Wherein It Only marks a tradition of where one comes from in HP.

Kumaon(nehru topi) and Garhwal alike.

iTs traditional. Kinnaur topi is very traditional, its goes down in history. I own 3. Nice ones
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What I have heard from my elders, the color of the topi used to denote the social status of a man. Obviously, green one was worn by the men from the top strata of the society.

Today these been totally politicalised, Green means Congress and red means BJP..
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I too have been intrigued by the caps and unfortunately don't remember some of what I gathered from the locals, but one interesting part was that in Kinnaur valley, the married women will also wear the caps unlike other regions where only the men wear them.
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color of caps does not have any significance other than the region
people wear them. People of certain region wear different color.

As said before in few region only women to wear these caps. Though
I don't remember what are the color of the regions.
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Thanks everyone. Very interesting.

Keep the information coming. Does anyone have a link or book reference on Himachal culture, traditions etc.? Thanks.

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