Different Types of Salwars

The average Indian woman has more choices in her apparel than her western counterpart. In the simplest attire-the salwar kameez, there are different kinds of salwars that set up her wide range of dresses in the wardrobe. And the fact that there is a variety to choose from, it reflects on the popularity of the apparel. It now has a universal appeal too. It can be afforded by many women in the form of designerware, party wear, and readymades, casual and bridal wear.


Different kinds of salwars that are worn in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and also Bangladesh: 1. Punjabi salwar- which is gathered at the waist with a chord/drawstrings/elastic band. It has small panchas.
2. Patiala- It has drapes/pleats which are twisted and gathered at the lower hald of the waist.
3. Dhoti style-it has drapes like the dhoti and resembles the Patiala in look. 4. The loose salwar (payjama kind) has big panchas that fall on the feet. These are mostly worn by men.
5. Churidar salwar-it is a tight fit like stretch jeans. It has curls at the ankle length. The churidar salwar kind has pancha at the end instead of the curls or churis at the ankle.
6. Parellel salwar-This is a modern version that resembles pants/trousers and appeals more to the western sensibilities. But the shape is that of the Indian salwar.
Each kind is irrestible and some women who love it have all the styles on their curpboards. They can be made from fabrics like cotton, chffon, silk, crepe, georgette, satin, khadi, brocade, jamevar and also jacquard. They can be embellished with different kinds of embroidery work, laces, borders, crystals.

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