If you are new to the clothing of India, let us introduce you to Salwar Kameez.
These suits are native to Northern India and in the past decade have been
featured in many of todays hottest shops and catalogs such as Lane
Bryant, Romans, JC Penny, and Spiegal.
Salwar Kameez are made up of three pieces. The Salwar or pants, have a
drawstring waist which allows you to make the pants as loose or tight fitting
as you choose. This is especially helpful when mother nature takes her course
on our bodies and we need a little extra room. Even last trimester pregnant
women can find enough room in the same size suit they had originally thanks to
that invaluable drawstring. The Kameez is like a very long shirt that goes over
the Salwar. With its clean long lines, this suit is not only comfortable but
also figure flattering for all shapes and sizes.
The final piece of this lovely suit is the chunni AKA duppatta which is really
the finishing piece This is similar to a scarf but much larger and wider. In
ancient times, women used a thick material such as this to cover their heads
for cultural, religious and practical purposes (to shade the sun from the eyes
and face). Today, it is still used as a head covering by Muslim women in India
and Pakistan but for the majority of women in India and America this is just a
decorative piece that adds a gorgeous polished finish to the final suit.
Dont let it intimidate you. It can be worn in a variety of
draped over the shoulders like a stoll, pinned to the shoulders to
form a cascade or tied on diagonally. It is all up to you!
For a step by step tutorial showing several different ways
to wear the duppatta please click here: