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Originally, Sri Lankan people generally went topless, or only draped part of their clothing over their chests and shoulders when needed. Later, with the arrival of the Portuguese, widespread European type Christian ideology gave people the idea that the sight of women's breasts was sinful. So much of what is "traditionally" worn in Sri Lanka today has little to do with Sri Lankan tradition.
Hetta and Cheeththa
A lamsari appears to be a two piece dress with long ruffles at the shoulders and waist.
Sri Lankan women and girls also sometimes wear salwar and sari.
Traditional clothing for Sri Lankan men is amude or sarong.
The Garb of Innocence - An essay on the foreign influence on Sri Lankan style.
If anyone out there has more information, please contact MTC.
© 2006 Nicole Lasher