Churi Salwar Kameez
Churi Salwar Kameez (also called shalwar kameez and shalwar qamiz) is a traditional dress worn by both women and men in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan. It can also be called a Punjabi suit. Salwars are loose pajama-like trousers. The legs are wide at the top, and narrow at the bottom. The kameez is a long shirt or tunic. The side seams (known as the chaak) are left open below the waist-line, which gives the wearer greater freedom of movement.
Churi Style Salwars are pleated at the waist and held up by a drawstring or an elastic belt. The pants can be wide and baggy, or they can be quite narrow and made of fabric cut on the bias. In the latter case, they are known as Churidar. The kameez is usually cut straight and flat; older kameez use traditional cuts, as shown in the figure; modern kameez are more likely to have European–inspired set-in sleeves. The tailor’s taste and skill are usually displayed not in the overall cut, but in the shape of the neckline and the decoration of the kameez.
Modern versions of the feminine Churi Style salwar-kameez can be much less modest than traditional versions. The kameez may be cut with a plunging neckline, sewn in diaphanous fabrics, or styled in sleeveless or cap-sleeve designs. The kameez side seams may be split high up to the waistline and, it may be worn with the salwar slung low on the hips. When women wear semi-transparent kameez (mostly as a party dress), they wear a choli or a cropped camisole underneath it.