Kerala Saree & Mundu (Dhotti)
The dress for the women of Kerala transmits high importance and respect in the society. The traditional garments are quite old, which followed for many generations now, and has become an integral part of the life of the people.
The women of Kerala wear a traditional costume called Mundum Neriyathum. The mundu is the lower garment and neriyathu is the upper one worn over a blouse. The lower part of the dress consists of two pieces of cloths. Mundu is worn below the navel and is made of cotton. The cloth is off-white in colour with a coloured border. These borders are called kara and it is often decorated with various designs or maybe golden coloured. Sometimes it is also copper coated. On the upper part of the body, the women wear a blouse. On top of the blouse, the neriyathu is worn.
During the festive season, the colour of the blouse is selected according to the age and marital status of the women. The married ones wear Red blouse whereas those unmarried wear a Green one.
Another popular and traditional dress for the women folks of Kerala is the Kasavu Sari. With the passage of time, the sari has also become a major part of the Kerala costume. One may say that mundum neriyathum in recent times have been replaced by sari to a large extent. This costume comes in various designs and colours. One can find intricate design work on the saris in Kerala. The colours are mainly off-white but other shades are also equally popular.