How you dress: Women’s Undergarments – 2


This should probably be one of the shortest pieces in this blog for obvious reasons.

Now tradition is slowly giving way to what they call practicality and with it the timeless ways of old wisdom. See, any clothing which is fastened on to the body causes circulation of blood to slow in that area. Thats why any undergarment and bra should not be worn at least while sleeping.

Now since time is changing if you stick with the old ways you will be looked down upon but there are certain things which can be retained even now. What i am referring to is the traditional women’s lingerie called Onnara which is also called Thaar in the northern parts of kerala. It will be beneficial if any of the readers share how it can be worn and the different styles of wearing (Madithaar and Njori Thaar).

The main benefit of wearing Onnara is it reduces sexual desire because of the pressure on the clitoris and it performs the same role what kaupina does for men. Girls start wearing this garment once they reach puberty while sexually mature boys wear kaupina.

Here are some of the other benefits of wearing Onnara or Thaar

1. If onnara worn properly with adequate tightness, there will be a constant pressure over the lower abdomen which will act like an abdominal binder worn by ladies after delivery to a good extend, and will increase the intestinal movements and help to expel the gas trapped in the intestines without making noise.
2. Due to the same reason explained above, waist will reduce and buttock size will increase.
3. upward pressure exerted by the madi will increase the muscle tone of the genital area and will increase the tightness and the pleasure of rasaleela will increase.
4. When compared with panties, there will be more surface area of the clothe covering the area, resulting in more absorption of the secretions and the area will be kept dry, which will result in less chance of fungal infection.
5. Most of the panties contain synthetic materials which may cause allergy, where as for onnara cotton mundu is used, so chances of allergy is remote.

6.The elastic used in panties cause itching and discoloration in many in the upper part of thigh and around the abdomen, which will not occur with onnara.
7. During periods many onnara wearers are of opinion that it will give better confidence and protection than panty users.
8. Onnara wearing reduces the chances of developing urinary tract infection and uterine prolapse.

9.Those who are having fat thigh the inner part of upper thigh may rub together producing loss of skin and pain due to that as panties can not prevent it, where as if they wear onnara such a problem can be prevented as there will be cloth between thighs which will prevent rubbing of bear skin.

10. Onnara will reduce fat deposition in lower abdomen thereby preventing development of “kudavayaru”

Undergarment during Menstruation

Kaupina which is usually worn by men can be worn by women during her periods if she has to go out. Small pads of cotton clothes can be made and kept inside. This is way better than napkins which can be used only once. Whereas here the pads can be cleaned and reused.

Read how to wear a kaupina here:

Women’s Dress

In Kerala girls wear pavada and blouse till they reach puberty. During their teenage years they used to wear a half-sari, and one they gets married, the saree. But now this is changing.

pattu pavada, pavada and blouse
pattu pavada
kerala woman in a set saree
woman in a saree

Underwire bras are also not good energy wise.

For more on the spiritual aspects of wearing dress read:

IMPORTANT: I request the women readers who know how to wear an onnara to share how it is worn.


5 thoughts on “How you dress: Women’s Undergarments – 2

  1. Anand menon

    Yes, Kerala has changed completely.

    In my young days, when I used to visit my ancestral village in Kerala on vacations, most of the women folks used to roam around in mundu and onnara only, where as men used to wear kaupina (Konakam as they used to call). In our house (tharavad) too, all members used to wear these.

    The three piece – Mundu, Neriathu and Onnara were once the hallmark of Malayalee women (especially Hindu upper community) and it used to add to their beauty and charm. But now you won’t see these attires even in the remotest part of Kerala and mostly you see women in churidars or in house coat. May be, during festive occasions, one do see women in the traditional set mundu going to temples or even offices. But again, Onnara as an inner wear is completely gone and replaced by modern panties. True, the convenience,easy availability of modern underwears and the fast spread of fashion with the help of visual communication systems helped to bring in this revolution and one cannot blame this progress.

    But I am in complete agreement with the author of this blog regarding the health benefites of Onnara which is well explained in the blog. Though not an expert in the various types of wearing Thar like Madithar or njorithar, from my experiece of having seen women wearing onnara in my village, I was able to teach my wife to wear onnara as a cure for her allergy towards modern underwears.Though initially, she had a hell of a difficulty in managing it, the comfort she derived was enormous. A trick or two, which I taught her to keep onnara tight without getting loosened did the work and now she is completely at ease with Onnara and said Goodbye to panties.For her, there is no problem in wearing this along with churidar, but it may not be the best suitable innerwear for tight jeans or leggings which younger folks wear today. But once they experience the comfort of Onnara especially for our tropical climate, they are bound to change.

    Or even if some fashion expert comes with some type of readymade Onnara, things can change. For example, Japanese girls took a fonding towards their age old Fundoshi, a type of loin cloth which usualy their men used to wear. But some Fashion Designer started making readymade, attractive Fundoshi and it became a hit among the Japanese girls.

    May be a blog like this can help in starting a momentum !


      1. Onnara is one and half sized mundu, nearly six muzham in length. This is wrapped over the buttocks and the two free ends are kept at equal length. One end is pulled up to the face level and the other end is tightly wound over this and the end inserted at the right side of belly. Then leave the top end and it will drop the other end and the conical end will be touching the ground almost. Now kneel down and catch the back portion of the mundu and bring it up to the waist under the conical flap portion dropping down. Now spread the legs little bit and insert this portion in between bottom belly and the edge of the dhothi. This portion will be tight now over the pelvis, the thighs will be covered upto the knee fully and partially downwards. Now the final process starts. Bring one hand to the back and catch the dropping conical front end through the spreaded legs (between thighs) and pull the end as much tight as possible and nicely insert the tail portion in between the back over the buttock and cloth.
        By now for ladies of some good structure some statue look will be there and curves and shape of the back will be well displayed. In olden days only a plain dothi used to be worn over this so that the onnara will be partially visible through the cloth. Now there is one underskirt for fully covering the onnara. Still the buttock shape will be prominent with an onnara and any brand of panty can’t keep the structure like this.


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