Sunday, October 18, 2020

Patiala salwar

 



A Patiala salwar (also called a pattian walee salwar) (also pronounced as shalwar in Urdu) is a type of female trousers which has its roots in Patiala City in the Northern region of Punjab state in India. The King of Patiala in earlier times wore a Patiala salwar as his royal dress. The Patiala Salwar has a close resemblance to the Pathani suit, which has loose layers similar to those of a salwar, and a long, knee-length top known as a kameez. The garment is no longer customarily worn by men, but has classically transformed itself with new cuts and styling into a women's garment.

The Patiala trousers are preferred by most of the women of Punjab and other regions of Northern India for comfort and durability in summers. Since the Patiala salwar is very loose and stitched with pleats it is a very comfortable outfit to wear. Its distinguishing characteristic is folds of cloth stitched together that meet at the bottom. Patiala salwars require double the length of material to get stitched, which is generally four meters in length. The fall of the pleats of the Patiala salwar is such that it gives a beautiful draping effect. The pleats are stitched on the top to a belt.

A Patiala salwar with many pleats is also referred to as a Patiala shahi salwar since it was worn by the shahi (royal) people of Patiala. The Patiala salwar is worn as an alternative to the traditional Punjabi Salwar Suit.

Present Day Scenario and Innovations

Modern day Patiala Salwar is decorated with new designs and styles that make them modern, yet retain their traditional charm. Due to the growing popularity of the Patiala Salwar, the outfit has evolved to be designed with contemporary prints, motifs, embellishments and embroideries. Besides, the Patiala Salwar is also worn with long tops nowadays.  From being stitched in regular designs, the Patiala Salwar is now customized as per the preferences of wearer, for instance, the number of pleats on the Patiala Salwar can be kept minimal or multiplied as per the body type of the wearer.

Occasion Dressing

A Patiala is a staple piece of clothing in every woman’s wardrobe in Punjab. What makes the Patiala Salwar this popular apart from its comfort factor, is the different look that the Patiala Salwar gives off with the fabric it is stitched in, for instance. The Patiala Salwar can thus be worn as casual attire, as party wear or as ceremonial attire as well.

Suitability

Their loose and baggy style make them ultra comfortable and since they can be made from different fabrics, they are good for every season.

Interesting Facts and Comparisons

Patiala salwar symbolize ease and tradition along with style.

Folds of cloth are stitched united in order for them to meet at the bottom.

Punjabi salwar requires an almost double length of cloth to be made as compared to a normal salwar.

It is actually the fall of the many pleats that gives such a pretty draping effect to the salwar.

it was initially attire for men; however, with time it mainly became a part of a

woman’s dress.














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