Manipur Traditional Costumes

Manipur Traditional Costumes:

Manipur traditional costumes are very charisma and attractive and very simple and easier to wear them. The patterns and designs on the costumes are very unique and colorful.

manipur traditional costumes

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 weave special Phanek, those called Mayek Naibi. The designs on Naibi are horizontal stripes and very attractive to look. This dress gives an extra appearance to the women and glows the beauty of the wearer. Meitai Females only stitch a cloth which called Kanap Phanek. The Kanap Phanek seems in the design of skirt and Meitai females stitched it with various designs. ‘Lai-Phi is another attractive cloth, which is in white color having a yellow border. ‘Chin-Phi’ is also another Manipuri traditional costume; the costumes made with embroidered Phanek.

Manipur Traditional Costumes for Men:

Manipur Men wear their traditional costume dhoti with a jacket. The white turban called Pagri wear commonly. 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 the gifts and award. In ancient times the kings wear the special Ningthoupee dress and the warriors wear Zamphie during the wars.

manipur traditional costumes
Manipuri Dress For Modern People:

Manipur people strictly follow their tradition and culture. But in modern times the western cultural influencing on the daily life of people. Christianity spreading rapidly in Manipur, so Manipur societies become conscious on fashion. The Shirts, Jackets, Jeans and t-shirts turned very common among the youngsters to wear. Perhaps they do not turned down the following of wearing their traditional costumes. Their old fashion has been mixing with the modern fashion. At present the old Impanhi traditional dress of women wearing with a modern skirt.

Festival costumes of Manipur:

Manipur people celebrate their festivals in a wide range of rich culture. 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 wore Kumins and Potlois. While performing their traditional dance performances such as Phurits and Koks, they wear some other traditional dresses.