Traditional - Assamese Mekhela Chador
Made out of very exquisite Assamese Silk Mekhela Chador is the traditional Assamese dress worn by women of all ages. The Mekhela Chador comprises of two main pieces of cloth that are draped around the body. The bottom portion, draped from the waist downwards is called the Mekhela . It is in the form of a sarong that is folded into pleats to fit around the waist and tucked in. The top portion of the two-piece dress, called the Chador, is a long length of cloth that has one end tucked into the upper portion of the Mekhela and the rest draped over and around the rest of the body. Ornamental designs on the mekhela-chadors are traditionally woven, never printed. Sometimes a woven pattern, called the Pari is stitched along the sides of a Chador, or along the bottom of a Mekhela.