The costumes in Manipuri dance is very colorful, attractive and very richly bedecked. The female dancers wear a dress called “patloi”. The lehenga is called “Kumin” with mirrors and zari work intricately woven into beautiful designs. It is layered with a transparent silk or “Pasuan”. The choli is also embellished with zari, silk or gota embroidery. On the head, covering the face, they wear a transparent odhni, through which the expression and emotion on the face of the dancer can easily he seen. Gopis usually wear a red dress while Radha stands out in green attire. The male dancer, who is Krishna, wears a saffron dress.
Ras costumes and ornaments of Sri Radhika and the Gopies are colorful and handsome. The skirt the present day Ras dancers wear is modeled on the one the Maharaja Bhagya Chandra(1763-1798) saw in his dream.
Here is List of Costumes and some terms related to the costumes and ornaments Used in Manipuri Dance –
Potlei : Ras costume of Sri Radhika and the Gopis, designed by the Potlei-setpa’s who rent them for the performance at some rates.
Koknaam : A gauze at overhead, embossed with silver Jari.
Meikhumbi: A transparent and thin vail thrown over the head.
kumin: An Embroidered brightly colored silk skirt.
Pasuan: A short flair of silver gauze over the kumin.
khaon: Rectangular embroidered piece with belt.
koktombi: Cap covering the head.
Thabret: A griddle round the waist.
Khangoi: Small rectangular belt over the Pasuan.
Leitreng: Golden ring round the head.
Chura: Made of peacock feathers, wired on top of head .
Feichom: Dhooti, a saffron dress.
Ghungur: Ornament for the foot.
The dressing in a ras is so designed as to free them from any stimulus, excitement to the opposite sex. Dance is but the rhythmic expression of action and activities of life on the upper part of the body. The parts below the neck to feet are covered with cloths and the women hide the movements of the lower position of the body while dancing.