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Tripuris have their own traditional dresses. This dress is similar to rest of the North- East Indian people in terms of the type. But it is totally different from rest of the people in terms of the pattern and design.

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Female dresses

The dress women for the lower half of the body is called Rignai in Tripuri and for the upper half of the body cloth has two parts Risa and Rikutu.

Risa covers the chest part and the rikutu covers whole of upper half of the body. In the yesteryears these garments were used to be woven by the ladies by home spun thread made from the cotton. But nowadays the threads are bought from the market and the risa is not worn, instead blouse is worn by most of Tripuri women because of convenient. In present day young girls are wearing rignai with tops also.

Rigwnai

Each of the clans of Tripuri has their own rignai pattern and design. The pattern of the rignai are so distinct that the clan of a Tripuri woman can be identified by the pattern of the rignai she wears. Nowadays there is inter-mingling of the 'rignai' and different clans are wearing 'rignai' of other clans freely and new designs are being woven differently. 'Rikutu' is a plain cloth of different colour and shade woven by the Tripuri ladies.

Rigwnai designs

Different types of designs fashion that are woven in the rignai borok by the Tripuri women are as follows:

  • Anji
  • Banarosi
  • Chamthwibar
  • Jirabi
  • Khamjang
  • Khumbar
  • Kuaiphang
  • Kuaichu
  • Kuaichu bokobom
  • Kuaichu ulta
  • Malibar
  • Miyong
  • Muikhunchok
  • Monaisora
  • Muisili
  • Natupalia
  • Phantokbar
  • Sada
  • Salu
  • Similik yapai
  • Takhumtei
  • Temanlia
  • Thaimaikrang
  • Thaiphlokbar
  • Tokbakbar
  • Tokha
  • Toksa
  • Toiling
  • Toprengsakhitung
  • Rignaichamwthwi
  • Rignai mereng
  • Metereng trang
  • Rignai khamchwi
  • Kwsakwpra
  • Rignaibru
  • Rignaikosong
  • Kwsapra
  • Songkai
  • Sorbangi

and many more.

It is said that at the time of Subrai Raja, the most famous and legendary King of Tripura, through his 250 wives he had invented two hundred fifty designs of rignai. He married those woman whoever invented a new design. But all these design had lost in time and only few are retained till date. The effort to re-discover the lost designs is in process.

Male dresses

Male counter part used to wear 'rikutu' for the loin and 'kamchwlwi borok' for the upper part of the body. But in the modern age very few people are wearing these dress except in the rural Tripura and working class. The male have adopted the modern dress of international style.

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