(Last Updated on : 29/06/2011)
Grown amidst the remote surroundings and forests of the islands of Andaman and Nicobar islands
, the aboriginal tribes of this virgin land, un-invaded by civilization, go naked. The Sentinelese tribe till today wears nothing.
However, the predominant community of the Jarwas, flaunt themselves in necklaces, crafted from shells and barks of trees, waistband, armband etc.
Major changes has entered the lifestyle and culture of the Car Nicobar islanders, who no longer restrict themselves to the traditional costumes of coconut -leaf petticoats and other similar costumes. They now have adopted modern clothes. Same about the Onges, who after years of no-dress culture, now drape themselves in the costume of the land. The Shompen people cover themselves only from their waist. With time the people of Andaman have transformed and have taken to the new and improved cosmetics and dresses.
However, the Hindus, Sikhs and Christians, living on the islands, exhibit themselves in their traditional costumes of sari, salwars , skirt-blouse, Dhoti
, Kurtas, Pajamas, pants, trousers, shirts and so on. The people have taken to the new, modern attire in place of old, traditional clothes which were mainly out of plant leaves and other similar costumes.
Costume-patterns of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are on the tide of change. It is interesting to see the sea-shell ornaments and natural products like leaves of trees, forming the costume of a place. Costumes of Andaman and Nicobar Islands are in harmony with the blue romance of the sea and the sylvan ambience.