What is the traditional clothing of Sri Lanka?


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Traditional clothing for women of Sri Lanka is a sari or variations of a sari depending on the woman's age and the occasion, whereas the men's traditional garb is a sarong. Both the sari and sarong can be worn in a variety of ways and made out of different materials.

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A women's sari or saree is worn as a skirt wrapped around the waist with the end draped over one shoulder, tucked into the skirt. The accompanying blouse usually is short-sleeved and cropped. The sari is widely associated with Sri Lanka's traditional culture.

Men traditionally wear a sarong, sometimes called a dhoti or pancha, which is a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body. They are usually only worn at home because it denotes that the man is a member of the lower class.

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