Uttarakhand's fashion is divided between the two ethnic folk groups: Garhwalis and Kumaonis. Nevertheless, wool leads the fabric scene and cholis rule the designs. The ethnic fashions of all neighboring states have been redesigned to make an indigenous trend here. They have ruggy and woolen adaptations of pyjamas, kurtis, gagra cholis and shawls.
The unique dresses include sarong, which is a mantle-type dress, pichori ghaghara cholis, which are more like partywears, and the like. Wedding attire constitute gold and silver tatted cholis which are called ‘pichoda'. Married women also wear a customary black necklace, which is called 'chareu.' Rangwalis are the veils women wear in different patterns. Hilly people opt to tie it up while others just let it lie loosely over their crown.
Men wear dhotis and kurtas. Most of them wear turbans or headwears. Gold and silver jewelry are all in trend there. There are people from Punjab, Bengal, Tibet and Nepal long settled in Uttarakhand. So the culture, food and dressing style has evolved out of this wide and diverse ethnic factors.
Youngsters in Uttarakhand have moved on to the mainstream global dressing trends. Yet a jacket, a pull-over or a sweater is very much a part of their dressing pattern, due to the extreme climate.