fashion is not just all about beautiful and colorful saris. While it may be among
the most widely known garments with Indian origins, there are other significant
forms of clothing and styles in Indian fashion. The Salwar Kameez is one of these.
traditional outfit that hails from the Indian sub-continent, the Salwar Kameez
is comprised of a tunic that’s worn with a pair of trousers. Salwar or shalwar
refers to the trousers, while Kameez refers to the short or long tunic.
of the Salwar Kameez can be traced back to the Mughal era. The style of
dressing is believed to have been first introduced in South Asia upon the
arrival of the Muslims. First worn by Muslims, the Salwar Kameez soon became widely
popular and worn throughout the region. During this period, the most famous
style of the Salwar Kameez that was worn was known as the Anarkali suit. The Salwar
Kameez in the form of the Anarkali suit was considered to be one of the most
opulent and lavish garments of that time. Today, use the Salwar Kameez is
especially prevalent among Punjabi women and is, in fact, known as the Punjabi suit.
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Kameez can be worn by both men and women alike. They are part of both men’s and
women’s fashion in Eastern Europe and throughout various regions of Asia,
including, of course, India
trousers are typically designed with a wide silhouette and a loose fit,
appearing quite baggy. The trousers then taper down towards the hem, which are
cuffed. However, there are also some styles that feature a straight or narrow
cut instead. The waist of the Salwar usually features a drawstring or an
elastic waistband. The adjustable waist makes the Salwar easy and comfortable
to use, while also giving the trousers a pleated design around the waist.
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on the other hand, can be either a long or short tunic. The tunic is designed
with what is called the chaak, which
are side slits or open side seams from below the waistline. This makes the
Kameez easy to wear and provides the wearer with freedom of movement. In terms
of its silhouette, the Kameez is typically designed with a straight and flat
cut. For its collar style, it can feature either a mandarin collar, a European
style collar or can even be collarless.
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or cuts and design features of both the Salwar and the Kameez make the garments
versatile and ideal for use every day. They can also be embellished and can
include other design features to dress them up or dress them down, making them
appropriate for various day activities as well as formal, evening occasions.
years, the traditional Salwar Kameez has evolved into different variations that
are especially worn by women today. In fact, the outfit it widely worn by
Indian women for both casual occasions and formal events. While the Salwar
Kameez comes in a number of different style variations, in India, there are
four particular styles that are commonly worn. These include the aforementioned
Anarkali Suits, Dhoti Salwars, Patiala Salwars, and Palazzo Salwars.
Kameez has proven to be an enduring and timeless style that transcends any
passing fashion trends.
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