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What kind of clothes do people wear in Guyana?

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The majority of the people in Guyana have adopted the western civilization code of dress, including jeans, sneakers and T-shirts. The dress code in Guyana is mainly influenced by climate, type of job, daily needs, religious beliefs and even tastes.

Many places in Guyana have dress codes, including schools, sports clubs and businesses. There is also a specific dress code that is required before an individual can enter into any parliament or government building. An individual can not wear revealing, brightly colored clothing or denim. An individual can also not wear short pants, track pants, sandals or slippers when in parliament.

Hindu and Muslim women in Guyana wear a sari and a shalwar to keep their bodies covered, and the head is kept covered using an orhni. Hindu men wear a dhoti and kurta, while the Muslim men wear garments called a jorah and tope. Afro-Guyanese women wear turbans and wraps, while the men wear turbans and dashikis.

Traditional Guyana dress codes are often seen on men and women during special occasions and celebrations. Colorful headdresses and leg bands along with beaded necklaces and ear and nose decorations may be seen in both men and women, and fabrics usually consist of cotton or tibisiri fibers.


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