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KURTA

Kurtas are traditionally worn in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and is also popular in Nepal and Sri Lanka. The kurta is a loose shirt falling either a bit above the knees worn by all genders. For a sleeker look it has traditionally been worn with a churidar, a semi-tight fit bottom that is loose from the waist to the knees, and tight from the calves to the ankles.  For a more casual look, it has traditionally been worn with shalwar, a loose fitting bottom.

HEF tees are heavily inspired by the kurta. They fit loose and long ending a bit above the knees. The hems are curved for added style. Take your style up a notch without giving up on comfort. Perfectly pair them with our HEF bottoms inspired by the churidar!

Pahari (Hill) women in kurtas, Kashmir, 1890

Pahari (Hill) women in kurtas, Kashmir, 1890 

 

CHURIDAR

Churidars, or more commonly known as churidar pyjamas, are tightly fitting trousers worn by both men and women in the Indian subcontinentChuridars fit baggy from the waist to knees narrowing quickly down to the ankles, so that contours of the leg are revealed. 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 is usually worn with a kurta.

HEF bottoms are inspired by the churidar. They fit loose from the hip down to the knee tapering towards the ankle to provide style with comfort. Pair them with our HEF tops for next-level style and comfort!

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, center, and Liaquat Ali Khan, its first prime minister, extreme left, both in churidars, at the All-India Muslim League Working Committee meeting in Lahore, March 1940

Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, center, and Liaquat Ali Khan, its first prime minister, extreme left, both in churidars, at the All-India Muslim League Working Committee meeting in Lahore, March 1940.