Traditional Costumes of the Brau

The traditional costumes of the Brau are handmade and sophisticated. Previously their clothes were simply for protecting human bodies and agricultural production. They weaved clothes from the barks of trees. The bark was smashed, squeezed and boiled before being used for weaving.

Traditionally, a Brau man wore a loin-cloth without a shirt on. A woman wore a ragged skirt. In summer, both men and women were half-naked or wore short tunics. In winter, they covered their bodies with a soft sheet of cloth. As time went by these clothes have been modified. Now men wear a tunic in a square shape. The front flap is of a bight color with dark stripes on the shoulders and fringe. The tunic’s back is marked with horizontal stripes on the lower part. Female attire is more elaborate with patterns.

Today’s clothes of the Brau are not colorful and complicated, but simple and natural. In their traditional attire, men look strong and fierce with their exposed muscles and women become more graceful and lissome. Their typical ornaments are feather, elephant’s tusk and metal items. The Brau women wear many necklaces, bracelets and anklets because they think that more they wear the more they attract men. Some anklets produce interesting sounds.

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