1. Salwar Kameez - Basic Information

Q1 - WHAT IS THE SALWAR KAMEEZ?

A – The Salwar kameez is a two-piece dress with covering piece called dupatta or chunni. Traditional fabric, it is also referred to as shalwar kameez, salwar suit, Chuddidar kameez or Punjabi suit.

Q2 - WHO WEARS THE SALWAR KAMEEZ?

A – It is worn mainly by women in India and the Asian subcontinent, and is worn by females of any age – from the very young to the very old. Today this once traditional dress in only parts of India has become universally popular and assumed the level of a fashion statement. It is preferred as an alternative to the saree.

Q3 - HOW IS THE SALWAR KAMEEZ WORN?

A – The Salwar Kameez is made up of three portions. The kameez is worn from the shoulder with length that could be anywhere from upto the waist till right below the knees. The salwar, is worn from waist level till above the feet, and which is gathered at the waist and held up by a drawstring or an elastic band. The pants can be wide and baggy or narrow. The dupatta is simply a stylish accessory that can be worn over one shoulder or draped around the chest and over both shoulders. It serves to cover the head in the Gurudwara or temple and when family elders are present, especially for Sikh and Hindu women from northern India.

Q4 - HOW DOES EACH PORTION OF THE SALWAR KAMEEZ STAND OUT?

A - The most attractive part of the salwar suit is the kameez, the upper portion of the three piece wear. The Kameez has neckline, body and borders. Neckline could be U, V shaped, curved semi-circular or some fancy variation with adornments. The body of the kameez could be simply plain or coloured, with light motifs and patterns or heavy floral embroidery and latest designer prints. The neck could have embroidery or thread work, mostly in ornate designs, that would be of zari or metal thread. The border would be simply colored lining or zari linings that would contrast the color of the field. Patch border with designer prints or thread work would adorn the kameez of the more exclusive range of salwar suits. The Salwar, or lower portion accompaniment to kameez, plain or decorated, same, matching or contrasting colour to Kameez generally would be of the same fabric as the kameez. The colourful dupatta that serves as accompanying shawl or scarf, called dupatta or chunni, would be plain, single or dual colored, light to strikingly attractive, adorned, transparent and full of possibilities.

Q5 - IN WHICH COUNTRIES IS THE SALWAR KAMEEZ  WORN?

A – The salwar kameez is a traditional dress of South and Central Asia, especially of Afghanistan and Pakistan, where it is worn by both men and women. In India it is worn mostly by women. It is also worn by women in Bangladesh.

Q6 - WHERE DID THE SALWAR KAMEEZ ORIGINATE IN INDIA?

A - The salwar kameez is believed to have originated from the costumes of the Mughals, who were the Muslim rulers of India. Originally the traditional dress of the Punjab region, the salwar kameez has gradually come to be very popular among women, throughout India.

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