(Last Updated on : 22/10/2019)
Traditional Dresses of Manipur carry their own unique characteristics. A traditional Manipuri costume for women
includes a shawl called Innaphi, a Phanek and a wrap around skirt called Sarong. A Manipuri man wears a dhoti, a jacket and a white Pagri
or turban. Manipur Traditional Dresses of Manipur
are very charisma, attractive, very simple and easy to wear them. The patterns and designs on the costumes are very unique and colourful. The Manipuri dress is woven with the hand in horizontal line designs. Many weaving
processes are carried out by the women, and they will mainly use cotton as well as other fabric types. All North-Eastern States in India
have the skill of handloom weaving, and this applies to Manipur as well.
Different costumes are worn during the colourful Manipuri festivals
. In fact there are separate costumes for separate festivals in Manipur. The Potlois and Kumins are the traditional costumes for the Rasa Leela festivals. Other traditional dresses worn during the festivals
and festival related dances
are the Koks, Phurits, etc. Some other dress forms used by different tribes in Manipur
are Lmaphie, Saijounba, Ningthoupee and Phiranji.
Traditional Dresses for Men of Manipur
The traditional costume of Manipur male includes a white dhoti
, chadar and a white Pargi (headdress). In winter rich men use a quilted and padded coat. The superior member of society wears cloth which called Khamen Chatpa. The Khamen Chatpa is generally worn on the ritual occasions. In ancient period the kings gifted Khamen Chatpa to the Genius, Poets and well-known people as gifts and award.
Traditional Dresses for Women of Manipur
Innaphi and Phanek are the Manipuri traditional dress for women in Manipur. Women wear coloured long striped piece of cotton
cloth called Phanek, blouse and white chadar of different designs and prints on them. In winter, they use a short jacket of velvet or satin with half sleeves. All Manipuri women wore these costumes.
With the advancement of time and the spread of Christianity
and western education
, people in Manipur have become extremely fashion
conscious. However, they still love to flaunt their traditional attires and have modified the old styled clothes with modernized variations.