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

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.

Photo Courtesy : maldives.com

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

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.

Photo Courtesy : themaldivestravel.com

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.

Featured Photo courtesy : flickr.com

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35 thoughts on “Traditional Attire Series of Asia – Maldives (Part 10)

  • September 24, 2019 at 2:30 pm
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    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.

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  • September 24, 2019 at 8:42 pm
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    It is so beautiful there. I love to learn about other countries.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:06 am
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    I love all these traditional attires. It’s always nice to read about other cultures.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 1:28 am
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    Looks amazing, culture is so important I love learning.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:22 am
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    The Maldives attire looks comfortable and cool. I love the bright color of the ladies Dhivehi Libaas.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:12 am
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    Beautiful outfits and such bright colours! I love to see the different styles and cultures!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 5:42 am
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    I just love learning more about tradition dress. Fashion can carry so much meaning! Great post.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    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.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 9:15 am
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    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.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 12:18 pm
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    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.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    This is so interesting! I love the vibrant colour of the dress.

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  • September 25, 2019 at 4:29 pm
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    Your series are really interesting and I am enjoying reading your articles on traditional attire series. You are doing great work keep it up!

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  • September 25, 2019 at 6:41 pm
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    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!

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  • September 26, 2019 at 1:21 am
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    I love the traditional looks. It’s beautiful.

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  • September 26, 2019 at 6:22 am
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    Thanks for sharing this post. I love learning about other cultures and love some of the women outfits.

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  • September 27, 2019 at 10:57 pm
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    Lovely outfits. Love the vibrant red . Both of the dresses are quite similar to our Indian attire.

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  • October 2, 2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Their attire looks simple yet captivating! It has wonderful colors and looks really Asian. Love it

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