Traditional Attire Series of Asia – Maldives (Part 10)
The Maldives, an amalgamation of spectacular islands, is a country in Asia famous for its splendid beaches and stunning vivid marine life. Along with the scintillating nature's wonders, the country hosts a myriad mix of cultures from different Asian neighboring countries. The cultures symbolize the ethics and traditions of the people of Maldives.
Traditional Attire for Women
Dhivehi Libaas is the traditional attire of the women of Maldives. Its customary for the women to ensure their shoulders and thighs are appropriately draped. The Libaas is a full-length gown that can be worn single or with a wrap-around skirt called Feyli. The unique aspect of the dress is the artistic embroidery which enhances and embellishes its beauty. The vibrant designs and colors of the dress adorned with gold and silver linings are a treat to the eyes. The embroideries have a special name called Kasabu Viyun in colloquial language. The dress is worn by the women specially during religious or festive occasions and even during any cultural events.
The other two attires worn by the women of Maldives are Dhigu Hedhun, often considered as the national dress, and Hedhun Buri. Both are similar to Libaas but comparatively simple in design and embroidery. They are worn during important formal and cultural events and programs.
Traditional Attire for Men
Sarungan is the traditional attire of the men of Maldives. The dress is simple compared to the traditional attire of the women. It has two parts. The upper part is a long-sleeved white shirt. The lower part is a long cotton cloth wrapped around the waist. The men often wear a headgear similar to a cap.
The traditional attire of Maldives is comparatively simple and light than the other Asian countries but it uplifts the culture and traditions of the country.
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36 thoughts on “Traditional Attire Series of Asia – Maldives (Part 10)”
It best suits them really. As they are known for being a water country, it just suits them from my perspective. Can’t explain in words lol Great to know though.
Thank you for your kind words.
It is so beautiful there. I love to learn about other countries.
Oh I loved this series of yours. It’s not just informative but also tells about the vibrant side of the world many of us are unaware of! 🙂
Thank you dear. I am happy you liked it.
I love all these traditional attires. It’s always nice to read about other cultures.
Looks amazing, culture is so important I love learning.
This is really great I’d love to know more about other countries
The Maldives attire looks comfortable and cool. I love the bright color of the ladies Dhivehi Libaas.
Beautiful outfits and such bright colours! I love to see the different styles and cultures!
I just love learning more about tradition dress. Fashion can carry so much meaning! Great post.
Thank you so much, glad you liked it.
The traditional attires of Maldives are simple and yet elegant. The solid colors of red and white are both fiery and cool on the eyes.
Yes you are right, they are wonderful.
You keep bringing us some of the best and very unique national costumes! I love the Maldives national dresses. So colorful and unique. They remind me of the high fashion attire. No kidding.
Thank you so much. I hope you like rest of the series.
I think they have great and unique dresses. I love the vibrant color very elegant. I love learning other countries cultures and tradition. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you. Glad you liked my articles.
This is so interesting! I love the vibrant colour of the dress.
Such amazing dresses! I love the vibrant colours 🙂
Your series are really interesting and I am enjoying reading your articles on traditional attire series. You are doing great work keep it up!
Thank you so much for the encouragement.
I am really enjoying this traditional attire series! I love the red clothing that the woman is wearing in the second photo. It’s gorgeous!
Thank you. I am too enjoying while working on the series.
I love the traditional looks. It’s beautiful.
I love the artistic designs on the dress and the colors are vibrant and beautiful.
Glad you liked the post.
Thanks for sharing this post. I love learning about other cultures and love some of the women outfits.
Thank you. Even I am enjoying while writing the series.
Lovely outfits. Love the vibrant red . Both of the dresses are quite similar to our Indian attire.
Yes you are right. The colors are wonderful.
Their attire looks simple yet captivating! It has wonderful colors and looks really Asian. Love it
Thank you for sharing article.