Pangi is a piece of cloth that can be worn in many ways and traditionally a pangi always has a meaning. When the man wears it it is referred to as kamisah(kah mee sah)
It can be used for spiritual meaning, for conveying a message, or simply as a fashion statement and or showing your pride in your culture.
Sometimes Surinamese will also generally call a piece of clothing a pangi.
I’m just going to deal with the basic pangi.
Pangi as a skirt with a matching head wrap or as a skirt with matching shoulder wrap:
The men wear a kamisa(kah mee sah). Kamisa is same as a pangi but when a male wears it it’s called a kamisa over the shoulder as seen in these examples:
Basic Pangi(Kamisa) Meaning:
The basic meaning of a kamisa when worn over the shoulder is as follows: If you wear it over your left shoulder, covering your heart, it means you are taken, married. If you wear it over your right shoulder it means your heart is open.
The pangis can be very elaborate with ruffles, intricate designs or you can use it very basic.