The uniforms designed for BSF women contingent at Republic Day parade  manifest sartorial & cultural elements of Rajasthan

Designed by noted designer Raghavendra Rathore, the uniforms of ‘Mahila Praharis’ for the Republic Day parade 2023 represent the many treasured craft forms of India, fashioned in different parts of the country, and assembled in-house at his Jodhpur studio.

The uniform is crowned with the imposing Pagh – a turban, inspired by the heritage Pagh of the Mewar region of Rajasthan.The Pagh is an unmistakable element of the cultural clothing of the people of Rajasthan, specially tied in Mewar they signify one’s prestige and honour.

The dress incorporates Hand-crafted zardozi and Rathore’s signature bandhgalas which are the defining aspects of the uniform.

While design asserts all aspects of the National Forces, the functionality, privilege, and honour, it also resonates well with the iconic RRJ Jodhpuri Bandhgala that is stately, classic and elegance personified. The textured fabric with hand-crafted zardozi work is done by Banaras artisans as it used to be done 400 years back using Danka technique.

This is the first time the famed BSF Camel Contingent, which has been a part of the Republic Day celebrations since 1976, will march with women riding camels along with their male counterparts in regal attire.

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