The array of costumes
of Karnataka presents a harmony of tradition and modernity before the
world. If you happen to walk down any road in the capital city of Bangalore
or Mysore, chances are that you will find men and women wearing clothes
which range from formal office wear, which are highly suitable for working
environments of the Silicon Valley of India, to Mysore crepe sarees, salwars,
and sarees of Karnataka's handloom cotton. At the same time, we can even
find many girls dressed in jeans and trousers. The costumes of Karnataka
reflect great diversity.
to the advent of computer technology and the wave of modernity that it
has brought about in Bangalore and Mysore and other parts of Karnataka,
you now have more men and women adapting to wearing clothes like trousers,
jeans and salwars. You will normally find men in Karnataka wearing formal
shirts or T-shirts and trousers and jeans to work and to colleges. Trousers
and jeans are mostly worn by men in the cities and in most towns of Karnataka.
But you still have the older men wearing dhotis in the villages.
Though most men of
Karnataka wear modern clothes as daily wear, on special occasions they
dress themselves in traditional costumes like the panche. This is a dhoti-like
costume which is worn along with a traditional headdress called Mysore
peta. Though technology has caught up with Karnataka in a big way, most
of the women of Karnataka still prefer the traditional costume which is
Especially the silk
sarees, which are worn on special occasions like marriages and Diwali
and the Hindu New Year or even other festive occasions like Ramzan and
Christmas, is a wonderful fashion statement of Karnataka. These silk sarees
come in abundant varieties and are very smooth and sleek. They also come
in gorgeous brocades and chiffons. These exclusive creations, using gold
threads interwoven to create exquisite designs, have become highly popular
and are still the favourite costume of Karnataka, for the ladies. The
state is famous for its Mysore silk sarees.
During weddings, the
bride is decked up in Kanchipuram silk sari. These sarees are quite a
craze in the weddings as they are rich in texture and come in mind-blowing
colours, and are accompanied with the most exquisite designs. Kanchipuram
silk sarees are very expensive and are normally reserved for the bride
and for the very rich who can afford them.
Mysore silk sari is the more affordable of the silk sarees. It is more
reasonably priced and is also made from pure silk with silver zari. The
Mysore silk sari is very soft and smooth, and quite light in weight unlike
the heavier Kanchipuram sari. ..The Mysore silk sari looks more lustrous
and gives the wearer an elegant look. Most of the women now wear cotton
sarees which are more comfortable at workplace.
Yakshagana is a traditional
dance of Karnataka where the dancers wear colourful costumes. The traditional
costume for this dance comprises of dhoti, a pyjama, a jacket and a loose
gown. Most of the costumes of the dancers who perform the traditional
ritualistic dances of Karnataka, are eye catching, colourful and bright.
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