Daura Suruwal
source : ekantipur

Daura suruwal is definitely traditional attire at its best. A ‘Bhadgaule Dhaka Topi’ on top and an all purpose blazer to go with it, now isn’t that class?

History of Daura Suruwal

Daura Suruwal was the national attire for Nepalese men for quite a while until the regime of Dr. Baburam Bhattrai as the Prime Minister. He didn’t have anything against the humble clothing. No, it was down to the range of ethnic diversity that Nepal is so popular for. Daura Surwal was the traditional outfit for specially the Brahmins, Chettris and Newars(although Newar people have their own version). This however, wasn’t able to incorporate the variety of different traditional wears one can find in Nepal. In order to preserve the newly established integrity between diverse groups across the country, sadly, Daura Suruwal was removed as the national uniform from the Interim constitution.

Regardless of not having an official uniform anymore, officials always seemed to prefer this style of clothing. From the Honorable president, to ministers and political leaders were mostly seen in Daura Suruwal.  Experts however, suggest that a single attire does not deserve to be tagged the national wear when there are people from a vast range of ethnicity. This is definitely a true statement. Most people disagree on being forced to wear a Daura Suruwal in the name of nationality.  After all the commotion, Home Minister still insisted leaders to wear ‘Nepali dresses’ in all the official meets. Parliament members still wear cultural clothing, reflecting their own cultural background.

What will the officials be wearing?

To be fair, the range of different ethnic wears would hardly offend anyone. It would only reflect the cultural diversity of Nepalese societies. Not just that, the statement ‘Unity in its diversity’ can’t have a better example than this. Having said so, after 7 years, Government has yet again decided to declare Daura Suruwal as the national attire. Even then, people with other cultural background are more than encouraged to continue wearing their ethnic clothes. Regardless of what we wear and how we dress up, we’re all Nepalese at heart, that’s what sets up apart from the rest of the world. Divided by clothing? No, patriotism unites us all.