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The Prime Minister of Manipur (independent from India), preparing for the coronation of the new King Bodh Chandra Singh, wearing the pheijoms, in 1944.
Pung Cholom performing artists wearing the pheijoms.

Pheichom (Pheijom) or Feichom (Feijom) is a traditional Meitei loincloth, worn by men.[1][2][3] It is mainly made of cotton or silk in gold, saffron or white colours.[4][5] The Khamen Chatpa is the most popular and highly revered pheijom known to the Meitei cultural world. The Pheijom (Feijom) of Manipur is slightly equivalent to the Dhoti, worn by men of mainland India.[1][6][7]

There are many types of Pheichom (Pheijom), out of which some are the following:

Names of Pheichoms (Pheijoms) Latin Roman transliteration Colours Permissions for wearing
ꯈꯥꯃꯦꯟ ꯆꯠꯄ ꯐꯩꯖꯣꯝ Khamenchatpa pheijom black, brown, maroon or purple It is worn only by men of higher rankings or privileged classes.
ꯐꯤꯒꯦꯅꯥꯄꯨ ꯐꯩꯖꯣꯝ Phigenapu pheijom orange It is worn by men of higher rankings as well as children of any classes.
ꯖꯨꯒꯤꯃꯔꯤ ꯐꯩꯖꯣꯝ Jugimari pheijom red It is worn by men who hold titles of office in the presence of the King or by any men in the absence of the King.
ꯒꯨꯂꯥꯞ ꯃꯆꯨ ꯐꯩꯖꯣꯝ Gulap machu pheijom rose coloured of a pretty pink shade It is worn by men who hold titles of office in the presence of the King or by any men in the absence of the King. But children may wear it at pleasure.


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  2. Meitei, Sanjenbam Yaiphaba; Chaudhuri, Sarit K.; Arunkumar, M. C. (2020-11-25). The Cultural Heritage of Manipur. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-000-29629-7.
  3. Haokip, Jangkholam (2014-08-14). Can God Save My Village?: A Theological Study of Identity among the Tribal People of North-East India with a Special Reference to the Kukis of Manipur. Langham Publishing. ISBN 978-1-78368-980-4.
  4. Ramachandran, Nalini (2017-12-08). Lore of the Land: Storytelling Traditions of India. Penguin Random House India Private Limited. ISBN 978-93-87326-21-7.
  5. Lisam, Khomdan Singh (2011). Encyclopaedia Of Manipur (3 Vol.). Gyan Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-7835-864-2.
  6. Noni, Arambam; Sanatomba, Kangujam (2015-10-16). Colonialism and Resistance: Society and State in Manipur. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-27066-9.
  7. SINGH, TAYENJAM BIJOYKUMAR (November 2013). Ramu Prasad's Angel. Partridge Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4828-1414-9.

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