The costume is the most distinctive characteristic of Kathakali. Costumes are very large and heavy. There are several kinds of costume. There are: Sathwika (the hero), Kathi (the villain), Minukku (females), and Thatti. These basic divisions are further subdivided in a way which is very well known to Malayali (Keralite) audiences. Each character is instantly recognisable by their characteristic makeup and costume.
Kazhuthu Nada/Netti Nada
KATHAKALI COSTUME MAKING- VELLINEZHI RAMAN KUTTY
KATHAKALI COSTUME EXHIBITION AT JTPAC, ERNAMKULAM