The long, rectangular cloth that women wrap around their waists to above the navel is a pangi. Where women used to often have an uncovered upper body, today they wear an upper garment. The pangi is the most commonly worn garment for women in the inland. New pangi’s are worn mainly for festive occasions and ceremonial gatherings. Cloths that are a little older and worn out are used as workwear.
Traditional pangi’s are plaid or striped, but today women are increasingly using plain fabrics. That pangis are an important part of Aukan culture is evident with annual competitions in Paramaribo and elsewhere in the country to decide who has the most beautiful pangi.