Salwar Kameez is a traditional outfit worn
both in India
and Pakistan. It is the national dress in Pakistan. The word
salwar is called as shalwar in Pakistan. It is also popular among women in India. The salwar kameez, or salwar suit consists of a kameez (shirt), salwar (trousers)
and dopatta (scraf).
SALWAR: Salwar is a sort of loose pajama like trouser. The legs
are wide at the top, and narrow at the bottom. There is a drawstring at the top of the waistband to hold up
the salwar. The pants can be wide and baggy, or they can be cut quite narrow, on
the bias. In the latter case, they are known as churidar pajama.
KAMEEZ: The kameez, in
salwar kameez suit, is a long shirt or tunic.
The side seams are
left open below the navel, which gives the wearer greater freedom of movement.
The word kameez is derived from the Latin camisia (shirt or
tunic), from which it probably made its way into various European
languages (see chemise) and also into Arabic,
the likely immediate source for kameez. The kameez is usually cut
straight and flat.
DUPATTA: When women wear the salwar kameez, they usually wear a long scarf or shawl
called a dupatta around the head or neck.
For Muslim women, the dupatta is an alternate to scarves. The dupatta is useful when the head must be covered,
for hijab or for prayers.
For most women, the dupatta is simply a stylish
accessory that can be worn over one shoulder or draped around the chest and over
In Pakistan and India, one can simply visit the local
clothing store or local tailor and
salwar kameez suit made to order. People outside India and
order custom salwar kameez suits over the net. One can select
the fabric, indicate the style features desired (type of pants, neckline style,
embroidery or other decoration desired, type of sleeves, length of tunic, etc.),
pays and fills out a measurement form. The prices range of salwar kameez from under $30 to $300
or above. There are also South Asian clothing stores in many larger Western cities.
Some ethnic and historic sewing pattern companies sell patterns for
salwar kameez, salwar, churidar, kameez, and kurta, to be purchased at fabric stores or
over the net.
Why Salwar Kameez?
Comfort: Even Western women admit that
salwar kameez is
probably the most comfortable dress around.
salwar kameez fits you
without strangling you. You can breathe easy in
Versatility: The salwar kameez is good in just about any
weather. Granted, a shawl or sweater are required in cold
helps keep cool on those hot sweltering days (364 days a year in this country!)
as it doesn't cling to the body.
Elegance: The wearer of the salwar kameez
bestowed with a graceful feminine charm. Ask anyone and they are
very likely to concur.
Availability: There is
definitely no shortage of salwar
kameez vendors out there! On top of that, the availability
of designs is mind-boggling! There are countless designs of salwar
materials to choose from.
never go wrong with it since salwar kameez suits all occasions. There are casual, formal, Indo-Western,
sleeveless, and multitude of other variations for every occasion.
Sizes: The salwar kameez is one outfit which will bring
out the best in you no matter what your vital
statistics. A loose kameez is the perfect camouflage for
those extra layers and vertical prints produce a
slimming effect. A small bust can be enhanced by
embroidery at the neck or other embellishments such as
wooden buttons, beads or bright yokes.
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