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All about Kurtis

June 03, 2015

We are all obsessed with the ingenious conception of Indian kurtis that has carved a separate niche in our closets. If that wasn’t enough, Bollywood divas have lapped the fire by sporting this trendy attire in Bollywood blockbusters. Who can resist jumping on the bandwagon?

The intriguing manner in which a kurti can be customized to cater to the needs of the wearer is awe inspiring and draws us all to stores to stock up. You can never have too many after all! As much as you love your kurtis, we are sure there’s a lot you don’t know about them. Here’s all there is to know about kurtis:

How Did Kurtis come to be?

Did you know that kurtis were originally designed for men living in countries like India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bangladesh? As awkward as it may seem, it’s just how history goes. Not surprising because we have often taken style inspiration from men!

Looking back at the 19th century, kurtis were popular attire among many famous politicians, poets, and artists. In contrast to the embellished kurtis of today, those were collarless and of a modest and meek disposition. Cotton was the fabric of choice, with silk kurtis marking opulence for auspicious occasions.

Kurtis stretched beyond the subcontinent border and reached the ancient roman civilization. The tunic style kurti was common clothing worn under “toga” by roman men. The degree of ornamentation and intricate stripes on the garb were used to mark the class of the wearer.

Kurti Fabrics

When it comes to purchasing women’s clothing, there are fabrics galore. There is no limit to the fabrics used to design women’s kurtis. Be it cotton, silk, crepe, linen, Khadi, lawn, georgette, chiffon, denim, Lycra or jersey, you can easily find a ladies kurti at the right store.

To endure the stifling sun, cotton or linen kurti is a popular choice. However, kurtis are not just limited to home and work anymore, weaving their way into more formal affairs. Chiffon, silk, and georgette are often the right fabrics for a formal kurti ensemble because they cascade gently down the chest and accentuating the curves.

For women who love their bodies, Lycra and jersey kurtis form a second skin and are a great way to really accentuate your shape. Next time you go kurti shopping, make sure you keep the occasion, your body shape, and comfort all in mind.

Kurti Styles

When it comes to versatility, kurtis take the lead. Designers have given a tacit nod to the kurti trend and have taken it to a whole new level. As far as the imagination goes, kurtis can be adapted to suit the wearer.

Kurtis come in a plethora of styles, different in terms of length, necklines, degree of adornments, cuts, prints and fits.

The degree of accessorizing kurtis has changed over the years to include not just “churidaar” but also jeans, tights, jeggings, “Patiala shalwars” and skirts. The era of long “dupatta” is out of the picture and supplemented with beautiful scarves and stoles to beautify the ensemble. It’s time to shape up and enjoy a fabulous kurti!





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Size chart

Women's Apparel - Tops, Tunics, Blouses and Kurtis

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size US Size Bust Waist Hips
XXS 00 32 26 34.5
XS 2 34 28 36.5
S 6 36 30 38.5
M 10 38 32 40.5
L 14 41 35 43.5
XL 18 44.5 38.5 47
1X 20W 46.5 41.5 49
2X 22W 48.5 43.5 51
3X 26W 52.5 48 55

Men's Apparel - Kurta Pajama, Kazeem Shalwar

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Neck Sleeve Chest Waist
XS 13-13½ 32 32-34 28-30
S 14-14½ 32½ 34-36 30-32
M 15-15½ 34 38-40 34-36
L 16-16½ 35 42-44 38-40
XL 17-17½ 35½ 46-48 42-44
Big 5'8-5'11        
XXL 18-18½ 36 50-52 46-48
3XL 19-19½ 36-36½ 54-56 49-53
4XL 20-20½ 36½-37 58-60 54-57
5XL 21-21½ 36½-37 62-64 58-61
Tall 6'1 - 6'3        
LT 16-16½ 35½-36 42-44 36-39
XLT 17-17½ 36-36½ 46-48 40-44
2XLT 18-18½ 36½-37½ 50-52 45-48
3XLT 19-19½ 37½-38 54-56 49-53
4XLT 19-19½ 38-38½ 58-60 54-57

Girl's Apparel - Kurta Pajama, Kazeem Shalwar

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

Age Size Height Weight Chest Waist Hip Inseam
3 - 4 4 XS 38 - 41 35 - 39 lbs 21 - 22 21½ - 22 22 - 23 15½ - 17½
4 - 5 5 S 41 - 44 39 - 45 lbs 22 - 23 22 - 22½ 23 - 24 17½ - 18¾
5 - 6 6 S 44 - 46½ 45 - 50 lbs 23 - 24 22½ - 23 24 - 25 18¾ - 20¼
6 - 7 7 M 46½ - 49½ 50 - 58 lbs 24 - 25½ 23 - 23½ 25 - 26½ 20¼ - 23¼
7 - 8 8 M 49½ - 52 58 - 68 lbs 25½ - 26½ 23½ - 24½ 26½ - 27¾ 23½ - 24¼
8 - 9 10 L 52 - 55½ 68 - 87 lbs 26½ - 27½ 24½ - 25½ 27¾ - 29 24¼ - 25½
9 - 10 12 L 55½ - 58½ 87 - 100 lbs 27½ - 28½ 25½ - 26½ 29 - 30½ 25½ - 27¼
10 - 11 14 XL 58½ - 61½ 100 - 110 lbs 28½ - 30½ 26½ - 28 30½ - 32 27¼ - 29¾
11 - 12 16 XXL 61½ - 64 110 - 120 lbs 30½ - 32 28 - 29.5 32 - 33.5 29¾ - 31

Bridal

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Bust Waist Hips Arms
2 32 23.5 35.5 13
4 33 24.5 36.5 13.25
6 34 25.5 37.5 13.5
8 35 26.5 38.5 13.75
10 36.5 28 40 14
12 38 30 41.5 14.5
14 39.5 31.5 43 14.75
16 41 33 44.5 15.25
18 42.5 34.5 46 15.75
20 44.5 35.5 47.5 16.5
22 46.5 36.5 49.5 17.5
24 48.5 38.5 51.5 18
26 50.5 40.5 53.5 18.5
28 53.5 43.5 56.5 19.5
30 56.5 46.5 59.5 20.5
32 59.5 49.5 62.5 21.5

Women's Pants

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Waist Hip Inseam
0 24 34.5 31
2 25 35.5 31
4 26 36.5 31
6 27 37.5 31
8 28 38.5 31.5
10 29 39.5 31.5
12 30.5 41 31.5
14 32 42.5 31.5
16 33.5 44 31.5
18 35 45.5 31.5
Plus Sizes
12W 33 42 31.5
14W 35 44 31.5
16W 37 46 31.5
18W 39 48 31.5
20W 41 50 31.5
22W 43 52 31.5
24W 45 54 31.5
26W 47 56 31.5
28W 49 58 31.5
30W 51 60 31.5
32W 53 62 31.5
Petite
2P 23.5 34 29
4P 24.6 35 29
6P 25.5 36 29
8P 26.5 37 29.5
10P 27.5 38 29.5
12P 29 39.5 29.5
14P 30.5 41 29.5