Posted on : May 8th,2011
The first thing that comes to our mind when we think about Goa is its pristine and romantic beaches. The state is often defined as “The land of Sun, Sand and Sea”. Its distinct crafts, magnificent forts, churches and temples have attracted tourists from India as well as from other nations of the world. The intermingle of eastern and western cultures is greatly reflected in dressing style of the Goanese people.
The traditional costume of Goanese women is 9-yard saree known as “Nav-Vari”, worn with attractive jewelleries. Another traditional dress worn by women is “Pano Bhaju”. The ancient inhabitants of Goa used to wear a string of beads, leafy loincloths known as “Valkal”. This traditional attire is still prevalent in tribal life. The traditional attire worn by Gauda, Kunbi, Dhangar, Velip and Zalmi tribes are mainly loincloth known as “Kashti” with a blanket on the shoulders, “Kunbi Palloo” along with a tied knot and sari. Moreover, these tribal people are not familiar with Goa fashion. On different occasion, people dress themselves in vibrant colorful attires. Since fishing is an important occupation of Goa, the fishermen of Koli, an ethnic group, are found wearing colourful shirts teamed up with half pants, and a bamboo hat. This unique dressing style add more beauty to the warm sandy beaches.
Carnival is an important festival of Goa. The carnival costumes are the main attraction of this festival. The most popular dresses worn by the natives during carnival are off-shoulder dresses and colourful suits and gowns. Most of the Carnival costumes are based on the theme and props. Thus Goa’s tropical costumes helps the inhabitants to live comfortably.