Kerala Traditional Costumes:
Kerala tradition and culture is very influence on its neighbouring states, like Tamilnadu and Karnataka. Kerala traditional costumes are very simply and attractive. Generally they wear white or off-white costumes. On the wedding occasions they wear different red based colours. Kerala people are the combination of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. They wear the dresses according to their religious faith. The people wear the dresses respective; commonly the cloths are in cotton, which are needed comfort during hot and humid climate.
Kerala Traditional Costumes For women:
Women wearing dresses tradition is quite old and still the people prefer to wear the traditional dresses. The traditional costumes are called Mundum Neriyathum. The mundu is the lower cloth, neriyathu is the blouse. The cloth is in white colour and the borders are dyed with various colours. And these borders are designed with various pictures. Most of the borders are in gold colour. The dress is like a sari. The dress borders, means the blouse border, Sari border, mundu borders are prefer to wear in same gold colour. During the festival ceremonies the colour of the blouses are divided according to the age and martial status of the women. The unmarried women wear green border blouses and the married women wear red border blouses.
The women folks of Kerala wear the Sari, which is also very popular Kerala costume. The folk costumes are available in various colours with various designs. The colours are white and off-white and other colours also equally popular.
According to the traditional changes the costumes also changing in style and comfort. At recent time the girls and women who are working in offices prefer to wear the Salwar Kameezes. Preferring to wear the traditional dresses are on the festival and other ceremonial occasions.
Kerala Traditional Costumes for Men:
The traditional dresses for the men are very old, they wear the white colour costumes, which are called the Mundu. In olden days the men did not wear any cloth on the upper part of the body. The upper caste drape a piece of cloth on the shoulder. The occurring changes in the tradition and society, the men are wearing the shirt with white colour. The cloth is prepared with cotton, which makes comfort on hot climate. Kasavu Mundu is another dress, which is worn in the rural areas. The cloth is 3 to 4 metre long with silk borders.
Kerala state contains different religious and community people. The Muslim men wear a mundu in different style. When they wear mundu, then keep a traditional cap on their head. The Muslim women wear long dress and cover their head with a cloth according to their tradition.
The Christians women wear a mundu along with special type of blouse. The mundu is generally worn in a different way from that of the Hindu women. One side of the mundu is folded in several parts and is placed at the back. The Christians costumes are similar to that of the Hindu.
Kerala Traditional Costumes of Brides:
Hindus: In the marriage ceremony the bride dressed in a mundu. The clothes are in bright colour with different designs. The dresses are embroidery with rich colours. Kancheepuram sari is most preferred sari to wear on the auspicious days. We can see Kunda and zardozi works on bride sari. The usual colours are red, maroon, orange and magenta colours, all are bright colours. Commonly men wear white coloured mundu.
Muslims: The bride wears silk sari with bright colours. The dupatta forms the head dress and golden lace is also attached. The costumes are richly designed with embroidery. Men wear white coloured mundu and shirt.
Christian: The bride wears the white dress during the wedding ceremony. At present the brides prefer to wear white gowns. White is the symbol of purity. Men wear shirts and trousers or shirts. There are no restrictions to the men on wedding day.
People of Kerala wear the traditional costumes, like Kancheepuram silk and Benaras silk costumes on special occasions. A traditional dress of the state is half sari. Which is consists of short blouse, a full skirt and a shawl.
With the traditional changes in the society there are many changes occurred in dress wearing. Women are preferring to wear salwar kameez, men are wearing shirt, t-shirts, trousers and jeans.