Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Salwar Kameez – Traditional Indian Costume for Women


Salwar Kameez is a well-known traditional dress among girls in India and Pakistan. Colourful, designer, stylish and beautiful Salwar Kameez available in the market to choose from. It is ethnic and fashionable attire. It is possible to make a lot of changes in Salwar Kameez while designing it.



Salwar Kameez formulated in Central Asia, controlled by Iranian and Turkish people. They used to wear baggy trousers with strings like to these days’ salwar. Salwar is a loose lower that narrows down to the bottom. At times salwar is tightly held by an elastic belt in place of strings. Kameez is the upper body garment worn with salwar. It is also accompanied by a piece of cloth i.e. dupatta. Different styles and patterns are used in making Salwar Kameez.

Dupatta is draped over the shoulder and around the neck. It depends on the wearer which upper portion of the body she wants to cover with dupatta. Modern girls even do not wear dupatta with Salwar Kameez.  The costume also resembles men’s Pathani Suit. However, both of them are different in appearance, design and pattern.

Designer Salwar Kameez 

Different designs and patterns of Salwar Kameez are available in the market such as hand paintings, semi-precious stone embroidery or sequin embroidery, cut work, mirror work, sophisticated prints, artwork, etc. Designers use excellent Zari and Zardozi embroidery to make beautiful attires. Excellent pieces are used in embroidery.

Zardozi is beautiful Persian embroidery. It is done with silver and golden threads known as Zari. Zari is a copper wire, enriched with golden stone and kundan embellishments. With beautiful shades and shapes, Salwar Kameez has gain a lot of popularity not only India but other parts of the world as well. India exports a lot of garments to other countries including Salwar Kameez.

Special types of Salwar Kameez are designed by women for special occasions, weddings, festivals and other big events. Girls flaunt beautiful costume and look attractive.

Differences in Salwar Kameez 

Salwar Kameez is mainly popular in North India. It is comfortable clothing for women. In today’s time, innovations and experiments are too much with traditional outfits. Their impact can be seen in Salwar Kameez as well. Fashion designers come up with beautiful Salwar Kameez in different designs, colours, sizes, patterns and a lot more. Materials also play a big role in the variety of this traditional attire, which can be plain cotton, chiffon, rich silk, georgette, tussar, khadi, crepe and other kids of fabrics. Another difference can be seen in variation that happens in pleats and flare while designing salwar.

Colours also expand as per their different ranges from bright colours including black, maroon, blue, red, yellow, violet to light colours like pink, sky and white. Sleeves and neckline-pattern is also famous in kameez. It can be without sleeves, short sleeves or full sleeves.