Set’ is the traditional dress of Hindus in Kerala. About
50 years back Hindu women in Kerala used to wear ‘Rowka’
with ‘Mundu’. Nair women used to cover Rowka with ‘Neryathu’
After that they began to use white ‘Melmundu’ with Rowka.
Later Rowka was replaced by Blouse and Melmundu was replaced
by ‘Kasavu Neryathu’
For the handloom Munduset, the main makers in Kerala are
Chendamangalam, Balaramapuram ,Karalkada, Mulloth, Handloom,
Hantex, Kasavukada etc. They have outlets in almost all
towns of Kerala. Latest trends in Munduset are Set Sarees.
Set Mundu with matching blouse piece, Munduset with check
design, embroidery hand work and block prints.
is the most commonly used dress form of Kerala women. The
usage of Saree spread very quickly after the period of Kasavu
Mundu and Set Saree can be called as the day to day dress
of women of not only kerala but the whole of India. Saree
is the official dress in various ceremonies like wedding
engagement and during various festivals in Kerala. To wear
a saree one needs to practice . Though it is a 5 mtr long
cloth it takes great patience to learn wearing a saree.
Formally cream coloured sarees were the trend and later
it was replaced by attractive red, maroon bordered sarees.
Then Sarees with carious colours, designs, and materials
started available in market.
Now-a-days Kerala’s saree market is follded with sarees
like Kancheepuram Silk, Bananres Silk, Cotton, Pure Silk,
Polycoton, Semi Silk, Kora Silk, Rose Silk, Organsa, Organdi,
tec and sarees decorated with traditional works, sardosi
work, artwork, ariwork, Luknow work. sequins work, thread
work, embroidary work fabric painting, etc. Eventhough so
many different modern dress styles entered in the fashion
senario, weraing saree is considered to be the ‘most elegant’
for special occassions.
Full Skirt and Long Blouse
skirt with long blouse was essentially a teenage dress of
Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It is not seen very common now in
cities and towns but usually worn by village girls. The
latest fashion of Kerala is full skirt with pleats and Kasavu
Boarder and long blowse of Kasavu boarder with front or
back open and is worn at special occasions and festivals.
Also silk materals with different bright colours are used
for stiching custom made full skirt and blouse.
Half Saree was very common among young girls of Kerala and
Tamil Nadu. Full skirt, Short blouse and a davani (shawl)
consitutes this dress style. It is considered to be originated
in Tamil Nadu. But is very commonly used in Kerala till
about 30 yeras back. Nowadays with all modern fashionss
half saree is almost competely disappreared amont Kerala
Kamees although a North Indian dress, becames very popular
all over India due to its covenience and comfortability
in Kerala it is the most common casual and formal wear of
young girls now. Different styles of Churidars and Salwar
Kamm ez are not only seen in towns , college campus and
offices, but even in remote villages of Kerala Latest trends
in Slwar Kamees are with embroidary fabric painting, swquins
works, cut works, stone and beed works, mirror owrks etc.