When it comes to ethnic fashion trends, Goa puts up an impressive show. The little coastal state of India is rich with distinct ethnic styles of dressing and jewelry designs.
Cotton dominates Goa’s ethnic fashion scene. The traditional attires of Goa are designed for the state’s extreme climate conditions. Both men and women wear cotton jackets and shawls during cold climate.
Women also wear a sari, which is nine-yard-long, popularly known as 'nav-vari,' on special occasions. Nav-varis are accompanied with rich glittering jewelry, mostly made of gold and silver.
The Catholics and Anglo Indians in Goa opt to wear western outfits like gowns, frocks and suits. There is a huge public cultural sphere in Goa, which allows widespread ethnic mixes, initiating swift twists in the contemporary fashion trends of the state.
International tourism and the state-led infrastructure development to help the tourists have also brought about considerable change in Goa's ethnic fashion and dressing.
However, 'Pano baju', a popular women's party wear, dhotis and long sarees form an integral part of Goan ethnicwear.
Interestingly, beach wear and swim suits are the most popular utility wear of the state, thanks to the huge inflow of foreign tourists.