Tanchangya/Dress

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For weaving different types of cloths, alam is one the most important piece of cloth in Tanchangya culture. Since, in this small cloth most of the astonishing charts are woven, which is more like mathematical formula for doing all kinds of mathematics. During the weaving process, the small “alam kani” cloth should be nearby to look in time of weaving for various charts.

Pi-nuin[edit]

It is a piece of cloth wears by Tanchangya woman to cover lower part of the body. It is loincloth. This has various kinds of chart woven according to the chart concerned in Tanchangya culture and dress. The colour may be different but the charts are not astray away from the cultural dress.

Hari[edit]

It is also worn by Tanchangya woman to cover in the upper part of the body above the shirt. It is used around the neck and keeps for using during paying homage to the Buddha. This is indeed most gorgeous for its wonderful chart weaving.

Khaw-bawng[edit]

It is turban mostly wears by woman. Only very important ceremony man wears it. It is woven with some other colour strip and large parts are in white colour.

Sha-lum[edit]

It is blouse for woman with long hand. It is mostly wears by woman and made of with traditional weaving process.

Pha-dui[edit]

it is waist-band uses by woman. Although they wear according to the way of wearing by folding, they tied more tightly with the waist-band on the loincloth.

Bawt-duri[edit]

This is loincloth for man. This cloth is very long but circle around to cover the lower part of the body. It is more like legend that we could hear our ancestor wear bawt-duri. Nowadays, Tanchangya man wears only for souvenir and other documentary purpose. Other than that they are not use to. This loincloth is made of both indigenous and modern factory cloth.

Khut-shalum[edit]

This is suit for man. It is rather thick and convenient in the winter season. It is sewed manually and design according to one choice.

Conclusion[edit]

Actually we can say without hesitation that the traditional dresses in Tanchangya are mostly found in the woman. In case of Tanchangya man, they are not more use to wear only in the exceptional case of man who lives in the remote villages.