Salwar Kameez

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The salwar is also pronounced as shalwar and normally worn with kameez. It is popularly known as the Punjabi suit, which is the traditional costume of women in the Punjab side area of northwestern India and eastern Pakistan. The overall dress comprises of a pair of trousers (salwar) and a tunic (kameez) which are usually accompanied by a scarf (dupatta). In recent past, the Salwar Kameez has become a popular attire among Indian women throughout India. It also get famous in other western countries specially in Singapore.

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Traditionally, the salwar trousers are tailored as long and loose-fitting along with narrow hems above the ankles. that are stitched to look like cuffs. Punjabi men also wear the salwar, which is paired with a shorter tunic known as the kurta, the male version of the kameez.The salwar kameez is usually worn with a long, sheer fabric scarf or shawl known as a dupatta, which is either draped across the neck or over the head. Decorative patterns can also be embroidered around the sleeves, neckline, hems and side slits of the outfit. The is believed to have originated from the costumes of the Mughals, who were the Muslim rulers of India. 

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It is also known to be originated as the traditional dress of the Punjab region, the¬†salwar kameez¬†gradually became popular among women throughout India. From the 1980s onwards, the¬†salwar kameez¬†was even adopted as a uniform for girls in India‚Äôs government schools between the ages of 12 to 16. Prior to World War II, there were few Indian women living in Singapore. The then Indian community comprised mainly single men who went to Singapore as labourers or businessmen. After the war, more Indian women came to Singapore to join their husbands or families, among which Women from the Punjab region were part of this post-war wave of female Indians migrants and it was they who introduced the practice of wearing the salwar kameez to the Indian community in Singapore. In contemporary Singapore, Indian women and those of other ethnicities also wear the outfit, which is regarded as being comfortable, affordable and flattering to the figure.Like other forms of dress, the length and width of the¬†salwar kameez¬†has been influenced by fashion trends. The width of the trouser cuffs on the morden¬†salwar¬†has ranged from as wide as 30 cm for the ‚Äúpantaloon‚ÄĚ like look to as narrow as 10 cm for ‚Äúharem‚ÄĚ pants.The popularity of the¬†salwar kameez¬†among young Indian women is linked to societal changes. The married women turned to the¬†salwar kameez, which was seen as a suitable outfit that met their modesty requirements as compare to the traditional sarees. For many Indian women today, the¬†salwar kameez¬†is regarded as a functional attire that suits their modern lifestyle needs better than the traditional sari Unlike the¬†sari, its ease of wear allows women to move about more freely at the workplace. slanb1012g

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