Kerala is one of the important states in south of India, located on the Malabar Coast, in the southwest of India. People in Kerala support attires which are mainly traditional in nature. The state is full of greenery and the costumes most of the time are different shades of white which gives a very soothing contrast with the green environment.
The traditional costume of Kerala are the ‘Mundu and Neriathu’ (a white piece of cloth with golden zari border symbolizing the blue blood relation) for men however those who refrain themselves from Golden Zari they go with simple green border; and ‘sari’ (a 5-6 meters long piece of cloth embroidered with golden border) with jacket for women. The traditional dress form ‘mundu-neryathum’ is the derived form of the ancient saree, with the changing trends in lifestyle, the dress codes have changed in major urban areas. An amalgamation of colors and designs are very visible is the modern attire of young Keralites.
Men and women today are clad in a variety of dresses. The people have now taken to the northern style of dressing up though the western dresses have also found a lot of acceptance among the masses.
History of Attires: According to Hindu Mythology the word “Saree” is derived from Sanskrit word ‘Sati” which simple means a piece of cloth.
Attires in Dance forms: Kathakali and Mohiniattam are two major dance forms of Kerala. In these dance forms the traditional white color is replaced by colorful sarees with golden Zari border.
Festive Clothing: During the festivals, especially Oman and Vishnu, women can be spotted wearing ‘Set Saris’ (white saris with borders of gold thread called “Cassava” and blouse matching the sari border color. Men prefer white dhoti with ‘cassava’ borders for such occasions. Young females prefer to wear long skirts and blouses of various colours.
The best time to visit and experience the different shades of this beautiful state is between October to April and reaching up here is an easy task thanks to variety of travelling options:
By Air: This Southern state is well connected with three international airports at Tiruvannanthpuram, Kochi and Calicut.
By Road: There are numerous bus services in Kerala linking all the major cities of south India like Bangalore, Chennai, Vishakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Hyderabad.
By Train: Major cities and towns like Kochi, Ernakulum, and Kottayam are well connected with the vast rail services provided by Indian Railways.
Sandhya is an travel writer and takes keen interest in writing about various travel destinations of India
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