The costumes of the dancer are gorgeous. The costume consists of a dhoti for both male and female dancers. It is usually of richly shimmering silk. It fits easily above the ankles and is pleated along the legs, which it protects. Over the dhoti, in the middle, is a pleated or frilled cloth hanging from the waist to perhaps the knees. Women wear a tight fitting choli of the same color and material as the dhoti.