Onnara is a form of underwear for women of all ages. It is the traditional underwear among the Hindu women in Kerala (southern most state of India). A cotton (handloom) cloth of size 6 muzham X 4 muzham (1 muzam = 1.5 ft) is used to drape around the waist, under battle dress. In battle ready dress was revealed. Wearing of the onnara causd the waist to be fully tightly bound and supported for martial art moves. It is very similar to Katcha in kalari payattu.
Onnara is also called "Thaar", in some parts of the State. The word is more often used in the southern part of Kerala; Onnara is mostly a northern Kerala usage. However, there are certain differences in wearing Thaar, over Onnara. Thaar is simpler than the Onnara in the wearing style. There are different types of Thaar too.
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