P.V.S. Jayarathna

P.V.S. Jayarathna

'Mul Anduma' has an Indian origin, believed to have been introduced to Sri Lanka during Nanayakkar dynasty. An indication of the caste system in Sri Lanka, this dress can be worn by a particular section of the society.

By 1815, this form of dress evolved into the standard regalia of royal officials. It is later continued to worn by Rate Mahattaya, Mohottala, Dissawa, and the Basnayaka Nilame. Based on the position of the royal officers, the colours and the designs varied. This was referred as the dress of god 'Dadimunda'

The 'Udarata Mul Anduma' is a very important as well as impressive form of dress. It is popular among not only kandyans as well as other Sinhalese during their marriage and other important events. A velvet jacket, four separated cloths, a carved knife, and four corner elaborated head gear make the wearer fell like a knight of yore. But many fail to realize its significance today.

The original 'Mul Anduma' comprised seven items to be worn around the waist. It has now come down to four.

The whole costume consists of many parts. They are the reli kalisama, the viluda papu patiya, the sudu thippotiya, pachcha wadama, Somana, Kavaniya, the velvet jacket, thoppiya with the mal gaha, the knife, the shoes, Peras mudda, and the necklace with the medal.

'Udarata Mul Anduma' is the dress that consists of highest number of parts. Also it has large amount of clothes. Because of these reasons no one can wear it himself alone without the help of others even he knows about this dress well.