Potloi (costume)

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Potloi wearers performing a cultural dance at Rashtrapati Bhawan
Meitei language film actresses, Bala Hijam (left/behind), Kamala Saikhom (middle) and Soma Laishram (right/front) in different Meitei Hindu bridal costumes, like "Potloi" and ornamental skirt

Potloi or Polloi (literally, "final product" or "end product") is a cylindrical skirt made up of thick fabric that is ornamented with sequins and mirrors.[1] It is usually used by the Meitei Hindu brides in Meitei wedding and the dancers in the Manipuri Rasa Leela dance.[2][3][4][5][6] Notably, it is not used by the brides in traditional (Sanamahist) Meitei wedding.[3]

Interestingly, Radha and Chandrabali wear green potloi and red blouse whereas the Gopis wear red potloi and green blouse in the Manipuri dance.

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  1. Bhandari, Vandana; Kashyap, Ruby (1999). Celebrating Dreams: Weddings in India. ISBN 9788172340308.
  2. Thilakavathy, M.; Maya, R. K. (5 June 2019). "Facets of Contemporary History".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Family in Manipur". 1994.
  4. https://books.google.com/books?id=Z6d-IyINtk4C&dq=potloi&pg=PA800
  5. https://books.google.com/books?id=wLzDLsEYZGQC&dq=potloi&pg=PA64
  6. "Indian Literature". 2007.