Manipur Traditional Costumes
Manipur Traditional Costumes:
Manipur traditional costumes are charismatic, attractive, simple, and easier to wear. The patterns and designs on the outfits are unique and colourful.
Manipur Traditional Costumes for Women:
Innaphi and Phanek are the Manipuri traditional dress for women in Manipur. All Manipuri women wore these costumes. Phanek is worn like a sarong. The Manipuri dress is woven with the hand in horizontal line designs. The people also wind special Phanek, those called Mayek Naibi. The plans on Naibi are horizontal stripes and very attractive to look at. This dress gives the women a different appearance and glows the wearer’s beauty. Meitai Females only stitch a cloth called Kanap Phanek. The Kanap Phanek seems in the skirt’s design, and Meitai females stitched it with various methods. ‘Lai-Phi is another attractive cloth, white with a yellow border. ‘Chin-Phi’ is another Manipuri traditional costume; Phanek embroiders the costumes.
Manipur Traditional Costumes for Men:
Manipur Men wear their traditional costume, dhoti, with a jacket. The white turban is called Pagri and is worn commonly. The superior member of society wears cloth called Khamen Chatpa. The Khamen Chatpa is generally worn on ritual occasions. In ancient times, the kings gifted Khamen Chatpa to Genius, Poets and well-known people as gifts and awards. In ancient times the kings wear the unique Ningthoupee dress, and the warriors wear Zamphie during the wars.
Manipuri Dress For Modern People:
Manipur people strictly follow their traditions and culture. But in modern times, western cultural influences the daily life of people. Christianity spread rapidly in Manipur, so Manipur societies become conscious of fashion. Shirts, Jackets, Jeans and t-shirts turned very common among youngsters. Perhaps they do not turn down the following of wearing their traditional costumes. Their old fashion has been mixed with modern style. The old Impanhi conventional dress of women wearing a stylish skirt is present.
Festival costumes of Manipur:
Manipur people celebrate their festivals in a wide range of rich cultures. People in Manipur wear a wide range of attires during the festival seasons. Rasa Leela festival celebrates with complete rumpus; during this festival, Manipur people wear Kumins and Potlois. While performing traditional dance performances, such as Paris and Koks, they wear other conventional dresses.
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Pls help me stitch a phanke…Was unaware that it is not like mekhla
Very different from mekhla. Phanek is hand woven and the way of wearing is different from mekhla. U can search in YouTube.
I am Rongmei tribe of Manipur I want to see Rani phanek.
There is no dress called Rani Phanek in Manipur.It is Rani phee means Rani Chadder,a silk chadder woven by late Chungkham Rani Devi,National Awardee. You can go to IMA ,MARKET and see it at women vendor stalls of silk items.
I am meetei
I want to see
male khamen chatpa
Please come to Showroom of Aruna Academy of Creative Arts,Masjid Road,Paona Bazar,Imphal.You can see varieties of Khamen Chatpa Dhoti , Lengyans,Stoles,Chadders etc.