Salwar Kameez

Indian dresses always have a demand in the international fashion market because of its unique and outstanding styles and types of garments. While the saree is considered sensuous attire, the other commonly worn Indian garment is the salwar kameez.

This garment is essentially a three-piece attire consisting of:

-Salwar (bottom, or the pajama)

-Kameez (top, also known as kurta)

-Duppata (scarf)

Generally the salwar kameez is long, going below the knees. It is straight and has two slits on either side. The salwar is flared with a horizontal band at the end. The duppata or scarf is rectangle in shape and worn in front with the sides falling at the back from over the shoulders. This is the basic description of what a salwar kameez usually is. However, there are modifications of this garment in terms of the length of the kameez.

Silks are great and flowing and suited to the Indian climate. Satins or heavy brocade work is suitable for the winter in India. There is zardozi, hand embroidery or lace works that remind us of the olden era. Retro hairstyles, kundan jewelry, gold-silver embroidery is all mingled in a party wear.
Cool cottons makes its round each summer with tie and dye prints. There are mulmul specials with or without the odhni. Contrasting styles have also been in fashion with the salwar-kurta-odhni all in a different colours. Designers are inspired to create special collections for bridal wear, Independence day and also for Diwali festivals.Formal chiffons, organza, taffeta and exclusive silks with work is seen with embellishments, matching accessories like bags and shoes for the bridal season. There are soft shades, bold prints and Indo-western look for parties.


Salwar kameez retains its feminine charm with newer appeal with designs each season. Corset pattern would be the ultimate design.

During a large earlier part of the 1900s, say between the 1920s to the 1960s the women usually wore a short kameez that was somewhere between the hip and the knee. They were generally made from cotton or khadi (jute). Actually the fit resembled that of a long shirt. The difference being that it would be straight with a slit on either side. The salwar then was widely flared with a narrow horizontal band at the end.

Post 1970s the salwar kameez styles seemed to have expanded to uncountable numbers. In fact very rarely would one come across people wearing common designs and patterns. The variations were in the fabrics being used, the kind of work being done, as well as the cuts. Apart from the straight-cut kameez, there the frock styles of varying lengths – short, knee length, as well as those that flow down to the ankle.

In fact, Indian ladies feel that this garment is more comfortable and convenient to wear than the saree. Actually this garment primarily hailed from the northern regions of India where the climate is too cold for the saree. It is also considered the national garment of Pakistan.

In fact, a lot of designers in India imbibe the Pakistani styles with their Indian original patterns to bring about their entrancing ensembles.

Today, this garment is much in demand almost everywhere in the world, and Indian designers have managed to set-up booming Indian garment business across the seas. The fact is that while this garment may not reveal skin, unlike the saree, yet it can make a woman look stunning and very attractive.

Tradition always had an impact on Indian fashion. First came the Indian sari, which will always be a fashion statement, then came the ‘Indian salwaar kameez’ or Indian salwar khameez.

The salwar is preferred and is a favorite among the younger generation, as it is easier to carry out. Indian salwaar kameez is comfortable & fashion clothing for women and so it is worn at home & even outdoors. In other words, it is used for formal and casual occasions.


Salwar kameez designs 2010

After sarees, it is salwar kameez that is the most preferred outfit of women in India especially when it comes to ceremonies and celebrations. Salwar kameez designs are innumerable and sometimes because of this, it becomes difficult for one to choose the best design that is not just fits well but also is latest in trend!

Of all the different designs that are available, short and long Anarkali style of salwar kameez is still in vogue. It is the design of the kameez that is body fit from the upper torso and below turns into frock design below that makes a woman look elegant and graceful. Since it becomes like a frock, its circumference is increased by adding cloth below the knee. The A-line salwar kameez which is the standard style is an evergreen trend that will never fade. Most women in their forties prefer wearing A-line salwar kameez as it looks simple and elegant. As far as the duppatta goes, a variety of designs have been introduced. Crushed duppattas, embroidered duppattas, scarf-like duppattas are totally in style and are only going to be popular in the coming season.

Salwar kameez today are adorned with a lot of embroidery and sequence work. This beautiful attire is often enriched with beads, threads and zari work. Neatly done embroidered booties all over the front panel are also a feast to the eye. Patchwork and mix-matching in terms of material is also done quite often. Different colored Salwar and duppatta with neat patchwork designs on edges adds grace to a salwar kameez. Block printing is one salwar kameez design that is going a big way in 2010.
As far as the neck designs for a Salwar kameez go, there are endless possibilities.

Women are now experimenting with new neck designs ranging from deep necks to one side cut and even off-shoulder. This adds some freshness in terms of cuts to a Salwar kameez which is otherwise attire that women have worn since ages.  Crepe, cotton, silk, georgette and even jute and khadi are materials that are preferred while choosing a salwar kameez. Cotton salwar kameez are very light and cool and so they are ideal for summer season. Rich cotton salwar kameez are made of finest quality of cotton and this gives a very soothing effect. Silk salwar kameez are rich and they are worn to weddings and other occasions. Choose any Salwar kameez design that you like but make sure that it suits you and embellishes you.


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