A Colorful Culture
I have always been in love with the wonderful aspects of my culture. The colors, the designs, the embellishments, and most importantly, the distinctiveness. And I don't mean any kind of distinctiveness, this distinction is so clear that sometimes wearing an outfit twice is out of the question. Definitely a dilemma of South Asian attire but the good thing is that no one will ever wear the same thing as you!
As a Pakistani girl, I grew up with the traditional "salwar kameez" which literally translates to "loose pants and a shirt". And while it may sound super straightforward, it is far from simple. Tailoring certain styles can take months! Each outfit is literally unique unless it's mimicked after an outfit which a celebrity may have worn or perhaps for the purpose of duplicates in the case of bridesmaids.
The colors are endless, the styles are endless and even the way one wears them is endless! The most different aspect about this traditional outfit compared to western clothing is the "dupatta" which is basically a scarf. It can be worn in a variety of ways: off the shoulder, across the neck, draped down, over the head, in almost any way you'd like. It traces back to centuries ago in the Sanskrit literature as women wore veils as a part of their outfit. Today, it is carried on as both a traditional and cultural portion with heavy religious ties.
There is both beauty and elegance in each kind of outfit. It's centuries old culture divided into different types all over Asia which makes it such an interesting kind of style of dressing. The possibilities of tailoring an outfit are literally endless!