As one peeks through the mother of pearl paneled zonelam into Goa’s past, one’s mind opens up to the days of halcyon bliss of Mando nights on the balcaó. The atmosphere is alive with laughter, chatter and music, couples glide across the floor in their finery in tune with the rhythmic cadence of the mellow Mando music. This syncretic dreamscape of two cultures melding into one is a stirring sight. But for anyone interested in sartorial pursuits, their vision is beholden to the ladies dressed in the Pano Bhaju.

The Pano Bhaju is a velvet jacket with gold embroidery worn over a blouse with crotchet detailing; also forming a part of the garb is a narrow slim wrap skirt. Draped on the shoulder is a stole held in place by an ornate brooch. The footwear is “Chaussures en Velours” which has its fair share of gold embellishment, the jewellery is ostentatious and contributes to the beauty of the ensemble.

The history and origin of this traditional costume is a cause célèbre as it is said to be born of oppression or/and the trade routes and is sewn together by cultures from Iran to Japan. The Pano Bhaju could be a fair representation of the world in a garment and is extremely important to Goa’s identity.

Author: Planet Goa Team
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