Dumdyam, or dumdyám, (also dumdem; Lepcha for "female dress") is the traditional dress of Lepcha women. It is an ankle-length garment, usually made of a single piece of smooth cotton or silk, and of a solid color. When it is worn, it is folded over one shoulder, pinned at the other shoulder, and held in place by a waistband, or tago, over which excess material drapes. A contrasting long-sleeved blouse may be worn underneath. It is modernly worn on ceremonial and festive occasions.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Plaisier, Heleen (2007). A Grammar of Lepcha. Tibetan studies library: Languages of the greater Himalayan region. Vol. 5. Leiden, The Netherlands; Boston: Brill. p. 4. ISBN 978-90-04-15525-1.
  2. ^ Dubey, S. M (1980). S. M. Dubey; P. K. Bordoloi; B. N. Borthakur (eds.). Family, marriage, and social change on the Indian fringe. Cosmo. pp. 53, 56. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  3. ^ Thakur, Rudranand (1988). Himalayan Lepchas. Archives Publishers, Distributors. p. 131. Retrieved 2012-10-30.
  4. ^ Patra, Chittaranjan (1991). Present Buddhist tribals and vihāras in West Bengal. Sarkar & Co. p. 59.