Wedding Salwar Kameez Biography
The salwar kameez is known to have existed for several centuries, dating back to at least the 1100s when India was part of the greater Mughal Empire. While it may have ultimately been developed by Turko-Iranian horse riders and spread throughout Central Asia through invasion and conquest, it is now a popular garment all over many parts of the world. While often associated with Islam, today it is worn by more non Muslims. Styles and colors have changed as aesthetic views evolve, but the basic garment has remained the same and continues to be a large part of Indian fashion today.
Beyond India and Pakistan, it is also the most popular dress in all of central Asia. Over the centuries since its first introduction, various types of the salwar kameez emerged to accommodate different rituals and occasions. For example, there are wedding and summer varieties, as well as different regional varieties such as the Punjabi and Putiala salwar kameez. So even though the basic garment has remained, different styles have been developed to more uniquely reflect the customs of a particular area or people.
Nonetheless, modern styling can often be just as influenced by European design as the old traditions. For example, the typical kameez will have set-in sleeves similar to European shirts and tunics. Designers further change things by typically decorating the kameez using embroidered pattern and other design elements. The modern salwar kameez is a perfect example of how traditional blends with modernity throughout much of Central Asia.
While it may have a long history going back to the time when Europe was still immersed in the barbarity of the Middle Ages, the dress continues to evolve as other elements influence style within the cultures where it is still worn today. While it will certainly continue to be the most popular dress in many parts of the world, one has to wonder what designers will accomplish in years to come as they add their own artistic touches to this timeless garb.
Homes and Fashion Offices in both India and the USA allow the writer to have first hand knowledge of Indian fashions being created and worn both in India and abroad. Pardesi Fashions is a USA licensed business with the State of New Hampshire and a licensed exporter with the Government of India.
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Salwar Kameez (shalwar kameez) are beautiful and elegant Indian fashion clothing meant to accentuate the female body. Although the origin of Salwar Kameez is debated, it is closely associated with the women of Punjab, a Northern Indian state that was divided between India and Pakistan after the Partition of 1947. In recent decades, the salwar kameez has spread throughout India into regions and cultures where salwar kameez had only been seen in movies before or on the occasional Punjabi or North Indian tourist. These graceful Indian fashion suits are gaining popularity among non-Indians throughout the world as well. Women, no matter what their cultural or ethnic history, can benefit from the beauty, style and feminine potential of Salwar Kameez. It is equally flattering on the plus size or big size woman as it is on the smaller woman.