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Encyclopedia > Shalwar kameez

Salwar kameez is the traditional dress worn by various peoples of south-central Asia. It is the national dress for both men and women in Pakistan and Afghanistan (where they say "shalwar" instead of "salwar"). It is also popular among women in India.

Salwar Kameez, from Max Tilke's Oriental Costume, 1922
Salwar Kameez, from Max Tilke's Oriental Costume, 1922

The salwar kameez, or salwar suit, consists of a kameez (shirt) and salwar (trousers). Plate from book published 1922, Max Tilke, Oriental Costume File links The following pages link to this file: Salwar kameez Categories: Public domain images ... Plate from book published 1922, Max Tilke, Oriental Costume File links The following pages link to this file: Salwar kameez Categories: Public domain images ... A shirt is a sort of top, i. ... Trousers are now acceptable clothing for men or women. ...


Salwar are a sort of loose pyjama-like trousers. The legs are wide at the top, and narrow at the bottom. The legs are pleated or gathered into a waistband. 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. Categories: Stub | Clothing ...


The kameez is a long shirt or tunic. The word is derived from the Latin camisia "shirt, 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; older kameez use traditional cuts, as shown in the illustration; modern kameez are more likely to have European-inspired set-in sleeves. The tailor's taste and skill are usually displayed not in the overall cut, but in the shape of the neckline and the decoration of the kameez. Fashionable young men in early 16th century Germany showed a lot of fine linen in a studied negligence. ...


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 a less stringent alternative to the chador or burqa (see hijab). For Hindu women (especially those from northern India, where the salwar kameez is most popular), the dupatta is useful when the head must be covered, as in a temple or the presence of elders. For other women, the dupatta is simply a stylish accessory. Dupatta is a long scarf that is essential to many Indian and Pakistani womens suits. ... A chador (in Persian: چادر Châdor) is an outer garment worn by women; it is one possible way in which a Muslim woman may follow the hijab dress-code. ... Afghan woman wearing Afghan burqa Two different items of traditional Muslim womens clothing are known as a burqa, (sometimes misspelled as burka or burqua). ... Iraqi girl Hijab is the word used in the Islamic context for the practice of dressing modestly, which all practicing Muslims past the age of puberty are instructed to do in their holy book, the Quran. ...


History of the salwar suit

It is believed to originate with the Turko-Iranian horse riding steppe peoples of Central Asia. Because these tribes converted to Islam, and then extended their rule over sedentary farmers, this style of dress is associated with Muslims and Islam. It is, however, now worn by many non-Muslims. Map of Central Asia outlined in orange showing one set of possible borders Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... Islam  listen? (Arabic: al-islām) the submission to God is a monotheistic faith, one of the Abrahamic religions, and the worlds second largest religion. ... A Muslim is a believer in or follower of Islam. ...


Purchasing or sewing salwar kameez

In Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India, one simply visits the local tailor and has a salwar suit made to order. Overseas Asians and interested Westerners can order custom suits over the net (through eBay and other websites). One selects the fabric, indicates 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 from under $20 to over $600. 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.


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Salwar Kameez : SEASONS India™ (464 words)
The salwar kameez spares you the mental agony you may experience while on a date that your panty line is showing - usually the case with hip-hugging low-waisters.
Add to this the fact that salwar kameez easily available, unlike those elusive shoes you spotted in some 'firang' magazine and are praying fervently that the cousins remember to bring from some 'phoren' land.
A loose kameez is the perfect camouflage for those extra layers and vertical prints produce a slimming effect.
Salwar kameez - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (722 words)
The kameez is usually cut straight and flat; older kameez use traditional cuts, as shown in the illustration; modern kameez are more likely to have European-inspired set-in sleeves.
For Hindu women (especially those from northern India, where the salwar kameez is most popular), the dupatta is useful when the head must be covered, as in a temple or the presence of elders.
The pants, or salwar, are known as salwar in Punjabi: ਸਲਵਾਰ ਕਮੀਜ਼, salwaar or shalwaar શલવાર કમીઝ in Gujarati, and shalwar in Urdu: شلوار قمیض.
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