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Traditional Costumes of Southern Region of India

Traditional Costumes of Southern Region of India- Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamilnadu

Jyotsana Puri
SHIATS, Allahabad, India



Traditional Costumes of Southern Region:

Traditional costumes of India greatly varies across different parts of the country and is influenced by local culture, geography, climate and rural/urban settings. Popular styles of dress include draped garments such as sari for women and dhoti or lungi or panche for men. Similar type of dress are worn by the men and women of Southern India. Traditional costumes are peculiar to characteristic of a certain nation or ethnic group. Usually retains strong elements of the culture from which it originates. Special events and celebrations, particularly those connected with cultural traditions, heritage, or pride. The traditional costumes turn out to have gained more importance in the current days.

Traditional Costumes of Andhra Pradesh

Men’s Wear:
Dhoti was dressed by the women and men till the fourteenth century.  Men of Christian and Hindu males generally dress Kurta and Dhoti. The males of Muslim religion generally dress pyjamas, rather than wearing the kurtas and dhotis, also the Fez cap. Now days it is not common attire. The traditional attire of muslims is sherwani and pyjama.

Men's Traditional Costumes of Andhra Pradesh
Men’s Traditional Costumes of Andhra Pradesh

Women’s Wear:
Dhoti was dressed by the women and men. After that, females’ dhoti was extended and it became much larger and also longer.  They were started wearing dhoti from the upper part of the body and from that it became sari. The English version of the term sari is sadi; in the Prakrit language it is called as Sadia and the actual word is belongs to the word of Sanskrit that is Sati, the meaning is band of cloth.

Women's Traditional Costumes of Andhra Pradesh
Women’s Traditional Costumes of Andhra Pradesh

Teenage girls wear ” Parikini Voni” which is a long skirt and blouse on which a half saree is draped.

Traditional Costumes of Karnataka:

Men’s Wear:
The main dress of the men is a `lungi` which is worn below the waist beneath a shirt. A `angavastram`, a silk or cotton muffler is placed on the neck covering the shoulder. On special occasions, men might dress themselves in ornate versions of their traditional costume, the Panche, which is Dhoti-like apparel. In recent times, only the rustic men of Karnataka stick to Panche, as their everyday costume. Mysore Peta is the traditional headdress for Karnataka.

Men's Traditional Costumes of Karnataka
Men’s Traditional Costumes of Karnataka

Women’s Wear:
Traditionally, the saree is worn in the characteristic nivi style of southern India with pleats in the front and sometime passed on to the rear to facilitate movement. The Kanjeevaram or Kanchipurram silks, of Kanchipuram in Karnataka, dazzle the eye with the rich texture, mind-blowing colours, and fabulous designs. The Kanchipuram Silk Saree is a hand-woven creation. The silk yarn is dyed to bring the desired colour and afterwards Jari is interleaved into the yarn. Pure Jari is a silk thread, intertwined with a thin silver wire and then gilded with pure gold.

Women's Traditional Costumes of Karnataka
Women’s Traditional Costumes of Karnataka

Traditional Costumes of Tamilnadu:

In Tamil Nadu men and women wear traditional costumes, women wear sari and blouse and men wear lungi along with a shirt and Angavastra`. With globalization, dresses are also getting westernized. Though the majority of the women in the state still wear traditional costumes, the men seem to be more comfortable in western clothing and have started wearing shirts and trousers instead of Lungi.

Men’s Wear:
In Tamil Nadu men are usually seen dressed in Lungi along with a shirt and Angavastra.  The lungi is a rectangle cloth, usually made of cotton, draped around the waist and pleated in the front at the groin.  The Angavastra is a long piece of cloth draped around the shoulders. Previously it was worn instead of an upper garment, but now days men wear an angavastra over a shirt.

Men's Traditional Costumes of Tamilnadu
Men’s Traditional Costumes of Tamilnadu

Women’s Wear:
The traditional Tamilian women prefer to drape her heavy Kanchipuram Sari around herself, the lower part of the calf uncovered, the extra bit of pallu created thereby wound around her waist. wears the most gorgeous of Kanchipuram Sari in the most casual way; its like shes dressed to go to a wedding every day.

Women's Traditional Costumes of Tamilnadu
Women’s Traditional Costumes of Tamilnadu




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