Manohra Costume

These are pieces of a Manohra (also shortened to nora) folk dance costume. Nora is a traditional folk-dance from Southern Thailand. While it can be used in religious practices, it is also a form of popular entertainment. It is named after Manohra, a beautiful bird-like celestial nymph in Thai folklore. To mimic Manohra’s half-bird appearance, dancers wear vibrant attire comprising of headdresses, elaborate crowns, beaded accessories, waist-bound bird-like wings, decorative scarves, and flowing swan tails. They also wear long metallic fingernails that gracefully extend from their fingertips.