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What are the components of a traditional shalwar kameez garment for women?

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The components of a traditional shalwar kameez garment for women are shalwar, a loose fitting pant with drawstrings, kameez, a tunic-style shirt and dupatta, a long scarf worn across one or both the shoulders. These three components are available and worn in different styles.

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The shalwar, which is also called pyjamas or churidar are pants that can be loose fitting or styled as tight-fitting trousers. Generally, the shalwars have a wide top and narrow at the ankle. In comparison, churidars narrow down quickly, thus revealing the leg contours.

The kameez, also called the kurta, is a long shirt that ends just above or below the knees. The traditional kameez has hemmed, straight sleeves that run up to the wrists. It is simple in design with a front opening, no collars, and side seams that are up to 6 or 12 inches above the hemline. Modern variations of the kameez include shorter lengths, standing collars, shorter or no sleeves and stylized necklines.

The dupatta, also called the chunni, is a long scarf that is traditionally draped over both shoulders and sometimes over the head, too. The modern method of wearing the dupatta includes draping it over one shoulder, over just the arms or wearing a short dupatta.

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