Bihu Costumes

Energetic dance steps and quick hand movements explain the Bihu dance of, but Bihu dance is incomplete without it’s the traditional Assamese attire. This dance is performed usually by the young males and females to show their joy and merriment on the arrival of spring season. A lot of vibrancy can be seen in the dance outfit of Bihu and that is what depicts the genuine spirit of this dance form.

The men are dressed in Dhotis and Gamusa. A dhoti is primarily a long and thin piece of cloth that is worn around the waist and it covers the lower part of the male body. Gamusa on the other hand is for the head, and both the dhoti and the Gamusa are bright in colors and have beautiful embroidery in different styles and patterns on the two ends.

 

On the other hand woman are dressed in Chador and Mekhela.  Mekhela happens to be an attire that is cylindrical in shape and is worn on the lower half of the body. Chador on the other hand is like a drape which is used for covering the upper portion of the body. The women don a blouse beneath the chador and the common fabrics used for making the attire are pat silk, cotton and muga silk. Women team up their outfits with gaudy and heavy jewelry and they also decorate their braids were pretty flowers that perfectly match the color of the attire worn by them.

There are many instruments that are utilized during a Bihu performance namely a dhol, pepa, Taal, toka, xutuli, gogona and baanhi. Not even one musical instrument can be ruled out of the list as they all play a pivotal role in producing the traditional tunes for the Bihu performance.

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