The mundu is a garment worn around the waist in Kerala, the Tulunadu region, and the Maldive Islands. It is closely related to the dhoti, sarong, and lungi. It is normally woven in cotton and coloured white or cream. The colour is dependent on whether the cotton is bleached or unbleached.
A kaddar mundu is made using handlooms. When unbleached, the mundu is called “neriyathu”. In modern times, two types of mundu are prevalent – the single and the double. A single mundu is draped once around the waist, while the double is folded in half before draping. A mundu is usually starched before use.
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