Indian costumes have earned their global recognition, on the
strength of their beauty and elegance. Many admire and love
Indian costumes a lot, specially the costumes of Tamil Nadu.
Sarees have a special place in the costumes of Tamil Nadu,
and are an essential part of the state's heritage.
The traditional costume for the Tamil Nadu women are saree
and blouse, while for the men, the traditional costume
comprises of lungi or dhoti as the lower garment, and
angavasthram as the upper garment. Lungi is worn like a
sarong. However, nowadays, angavasthram is frequently
replaced by a shirt on the top. The western wear is gaining
currency even in the traditional society of
specially among the men, who now prefer to wear shirts and
trousers instead of lungi and angavasthram.
In Tamil Nadu, sarees are available in various materials
like cotton, chiffon, silk, georgette, crepe silk, organza,
Pattola silk, micro silk, etc. Kanchipuram silk sarees of
Tamil Nadu are very famous, and are worn by women on
important formal occasions or occasions of celebrations,
like wedding. Sarees in Tamil Nadu generally have lengths of
five or six yards. There are also nine-yard sarees, which is
used mostly by the Brahmin community of the state, after
However, salwar kameez has also become very popular among
the ladies of Tamil Nadu. Salwar Kameez is like a loose
trouser where the top end is wide and the bottom is narrow.
Some salwars have shrink in the bottom which is called a 'churidhar'.
And the tops of these dresses are called as 'kameez'. Women
also wear embroidered saris, kurtis and salwars, etc. Kurtis
is a top wear which is very short. Its ends at knees and is
now used along with jeans by many women. And this is a very
beautiful fusion. Many ladies from Tamil Nadu and elsewhere
in India prefer to wear this instead of a t-shirt, with