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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