Bharathanatyam Dancer Costumes

 

The costumes and jewelry of the Bharathanatyam dancers are quite unique. The jewelry consists of pearls and gems. On both sides of the part in the hair, you will see tiny jewels, which are in the shape of suns and moons. Petite white flowers, mostly Jasmine, are braided into the hair .The costume is made of Sari, which is a type of silk. Bronze bells are placed above the ankles and are used to emphasize the rhythm of the dance. The fingernails and toenails are painted red as a symbol of their "lucky red Lotus."