The churidar kurta (tunic) is usually worn by men and women in Indian sub-continent as formal or casual attire. Churidar, unlike salwar, narrow more quickly so that contours of the leg are revealed. They are usually cut on the bias (at a 45-degree angle to the grain of the fabric) which makes them naturally stretchy. Stretch is important when pants are close-fitting. They are also longer than the leg and sometimes finish with a tightly fitted button cuff at the ankle. The excess length falls into folds and appears like a set of bangles resting on the ankle (hence churidar; churi=bangle, dar=like). When the wearer is sitting, the extra material is the “ease” that makes it possible to bend the legs and sit comfortably.
The Churidar kurta with a dupatta, like salwar kameez, is one of the most popular dresses among the Indian women. They find it very comfortable and suitable for their body, and therefore, use this outfit for party, weddings, formal-events, while travelling, at work place or at home. There is a huge variety of churidar kurta with various designs, colors, styles and fabrics. Churidars can be worn with straight top, knee-length, long kurta or with long and flary Anarkali.
It’s all about how you add a piece of heritage to your overall look and carry it off with elegance. Whether you feel comfortable in a sari or you find your comfort in Lehenga or Churidar kurta, it has to come from within. One can opt for draped tunics with very fine silk bandhni or kantha kurtis over leggings accentuated with scarves.
Churidar kurta Trivia
Godfrey Deeny, fashion editor-at-large at the Paris’ daily newspaper Le Figaro, said the concept of male leggings originally derived from Indian attire. Churidar pants, worn by both men and women, are drawstring trousers that are loose at the crotch and hips and tight below the thighs. They then gather at the ankles. Vidya Balan a famous Bollywood actress was criticised for her Western clothes, after which she donned the sari that got her a lot of appreciation. In an interview to Times of India she said “Personally, I don’t enjoy wearing Western clothes. I’m more a cotton salwar-kameez, churidar-kurta or even a sari kind of a person”.