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 or silk 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.