Assam has her Mekhela; Bong beauties are always in their “Laal Paara Sadaa Saree” (White Saree in solid Red border) at the festivity; every Gujarati beauty’s authentic dance partner, Chaniyo and Choli…
Then among all these, what Kurti has to do? Everyone has her Mr. Perfect already. Grrr… But, Kurti is the mother of all of them. The office-goers ambidextrous women of India blindly count on Kurti and Leggings for their daily affair. But, have you ever wondered, from where did this Kurti origin? The Mughals? The Guptas? Or the Aryans?
No. None of these.
In the midst of 15th Century, the entire political canvas of India was tinctured with Muslim dynasty and it continued till the 16th and 17th Centuries. Since that time, 2-pieced body-covering garments had prevailed the major of India and Pakistan. This dress pattern gave birth to what our national dress is; salwar kameez.
Kurti or Kurta (comparatively lengthier than kurti) has been supposed to be derived from salwar kameez. The first adaptation of kurti has been found among the early 19th poets, thinker and scholars of India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
The early kurti was very plain in design and mostly was a piece of cloth without much embroidery. The name “kurti” has been derived and conceptualized from the word “tunic”, an ancient Greek sleeveless garment that was loose in fit and was generally of knee length.
But the version of kurti that we see today was not there for ages. It’ll be hardly a couple of hundred years that we’ve got the embroidered kurti. According to a separate view, Kurti is an evolved manifestation of Rajput staple top wear often paired with Kanchli. Till the beginning the next century, kurti was sleeveless with plackets in side and broad hem.
The western people have their kind of history on this regard. In the West, Tunic or Indian Kurta was worn by Men beneath a Saree-like cloth called ‘Toga’. It was worn as armor accompanied by appropriate jewelry. The Hippie Movement (1960-1970) that primarily started in the United State and had spread over countries had given fuel the tunic dresses. The loose and informal fitting were used by the protagonists as the symbol of rebel and nonchalant attitude.
It’s evident that we’re still not stuck to that Rajput Kanchli-Kurta or Western Toga-Tunic. We surely have few more options of types and styles of kurti than those. Let’s know few of the most popular of them:
1. Tail Cut Kurti
Tail cut Kurtis is a variant of asymmetrical kurtis. The back portion of the kurti makes the difference. It’s quite longer than asymmetrical kurtis and also takes a shape of fishtail, doing justice to its name.
What Goes With: Full-length heavy-pleated leggings or Jeggings
2. Flared Kurti
Flared Kurtis are one of the most bought, comfortable and neat-looking ethnic kurtis. This type of style can be worn at both formal and casual occasions. This type of attire can be styled with both Eastern and Western bottom wear as well.
What Goes With: Leggings,Cotton trousers, full or knee length leggings, low-flared long skirt, low-flared palazzo
3. Tunic Kurti
Yes, we’re again back to the Tunic Style. No, the Western warriors did not force us. But, their successors surely have taken this trend from us. Tunic tops are loose fitted, comparatively shorter than regular kurtis, can be worn both in formal and informal occasions.
What Goes With: Chinos, Jeans, knee-length leggings
4. Front Slit Kurti
This type of kurtis does not have any side-slit. Instead, the slit is at the middle. It gives the entire look a very stylish, flare and western look. As the majority of the bottom part of the kurti is front-open, the bottomwear should be chosen carefully as this will equally carry the look.
What Goes With: palazzos, semi-flare long skirt
5. Straight-cut Kurti
Straight-cut kurtis are the best for any formal occasion, conferences, and office-meets. Khadi or one-color cotton straight-cut kurtis are an excellent option if you want to make your statement at your workplace without overdoing it. Chanderi, handloom and khadi are three types that go the best with this type of cut.
What Goes With: skinny pants, straight cut pants, culottes, leggings
Before saying buy, here’s an interesting fact about Kurtis…
In the history of entire Indian Politics, Kurta is the attire that has been worn by the Indian politicians.
Feeling proud of your wardrobe for the 1st time? We’re as well, trust us!
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