The elegant Kerala Mundu
A two piece sari with a beautiful tribal elegance. It is worn many ways in Kerala, from the formal style depicted in this section to the most delightful combinations of batiks on the bottom and an old stained hand loomed towel as the mundu, which means towel in Malayalam.
On the beaches of Kerala, working women wear a different outfit of a printed lunghee on the bottom, with a simple hand loomed towel over their shoulders. Wearing the choli alone is not proper but with a small strip of towel obscuring the breast area the fruit and fish sellers of kerala have a comfortable and practical costume for their working day.
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