Part I. Costumes: I. Introduction: 1. Chamba: location and physical features. 2. Chamba: a brief history. 3. Costumes. 4. Costumes of Chamba: earliest references. 5. Process of cloth-making. 6. Chamba costumes: historical perspective. II. Costumes of Gaddis: 1. Gaddis. 2. The land of Gaddis. 3. Gaddi way of life. 4. Costumes of Gaddis (men). 5. Costumes of Gaddans (women). III. Costumes of Gujjars: 1. Gujjars. 2. Chamba Gujjars. 3. Costumes of Gujjars (men). 4. Costumes of Gujjars (women). IV. Costumes of Pangwalas: 1. Pangwalas. 2. Costumes of Pangwalas (men). 3. Costumes of Pangwalas (women). V. Costumes of Churahis: 1. Churahis. 2. Costumes of Churahis (men). 3. Costumes of Churahans (women). VI. Costumes of Chambyals: 1. Chambyals. 2. Costumes of Chambyals (men). 3. Costumes of Chambyalans (women). VII. Costumes of Bhattiyals: 1. Bhattiyals. 2. Costumes of Bhattiyals (men). 3. Costumes of Bhattiyalans (women). 4. Costumes of Gurkhas (Nepalis).
Part II. Ornaments: VIII. Ornaments. IX. Ornaments for head, ears, nose and neck: 1. Ornaments for head. 2. Ornaments for ears. 3. Ornaments for nose. 4. Ornaments for neck. X. Ornaments for upper arms, wrists and fingers: 1. Ornaments for upper arms. 2. Ornaments for wrists. 3. Ornaments for fingers. XI. Ornaments for ankels, toes, for males and other decorative pieces: 1. Ornaments for ankels. 2. Ornaments for toes. 3. Ornaments for males. 4. Other decorative pieces. XII. Conclusion (Both parts).
Appendices: 1. Tribes and people of Chamba. 2. Costumes worn by inhabitants of different tehsils of Chamba. 3. Ornaments worn by different people and tribes of Chamba. 4. Costumes in Pahadi paintings.
This book presents a study of 'Costumes and Ornaments' of Chamba, which has attracted scholars, writers, adventurers and foreign visitors to its fascinating fold. Chamba lies in the valleys or Ravi and Chandrabhaga rivers and their tributaries in the seclusions of north-western Himalaya. In each tehsil of Chamba live the tribal communities which can be distinguished by their peculiar style and customs, costumes and ornaments and also by their folklore. The dress-style is peculiar to each community--Gaddis, Gujjars, Pangwalas, Churahis, Chambyals, Bhattiyals and Gurkhas. The chapters of present volume aptly catalogue, classify and analyse the costumes and ornaments of various communities of Chamba. The influences on their dress-style hae also been hinted at. The sophistication, quality and richness of the special woollen cloth and how it is spun and woven on the homelooms is discussed in detail. Distinction is also made in the dress-habits of various groups. Likewise the design and peculiarity of each ornament is discussed.