The kurta pajama is the most basic ethnic menswear ever! But that does not make it boring. In fact it is the classiest Indian men’s outfit that can be flaunted with ease. From simple every day wear to embellished wedding wear – kurta pajamas can serve all kinds of wardrobe needs!
The kurta pajama came to South East Asia from Central Asia, according to experts like Roshen Alkazi, with the Muslim conquests of the late 12th Century. Later on, during the Mughal era, it became a staple with Indian men. The kurta has a strong resemblance to the qaba of the Ghaznavid period that was worn by Mongolian and Persian men. The qaba was a calf length tunic with long sleeves and a loop near the left shoulder acting as a closure. This knot-and-loop closure mechanism is believed to have inspired the angarakha style kurta which originated during the Mughal times. This style is considered to be the predecessor of the modern kurta.
Over time, the kurta has been paired with different types of bottom wear. It can be paired with a salwar, a tapered trouser, a churidar bottom and of course, with the pajama. Kurtas can vary in length and the bottom wear should be decided accordingly. While a lower calf length kurta looks good with churidar bottoms, to a dhoti, a shorter kurta does justice! But pajamas look good with every length.
At GetEthnic we have designed classic kurtas – like those in cream, ivory, white etc with a straight hem, embellished collars and borders – as well as those with cowl hems, high-low hems, experimental metallic tones etc. Kurta-pajamas are classic attires that look good in plain rich fabrics like silk, raw silk and tussar. The look is all about tradition and hence the heavy embellishment is kept at bay. Embroidery rules here and it is concentrated around the collars and button line.
The kurta pajama is an attire without an age tag or occasion tag. So you can wear to it to your friend’s wedding, your sister’s or brother’s marriage, as a wedding guest, in fact as a guest to any ethnic function. Unlike a sherwani, it is very light and easy to carry. In many Indian communities, the kurta pajama is also the traditional wedding wear for grooms. It is ideal for the father of the bride or groom, the groomsmen etc. It can be accessorized with a jacket or a shawl, in case of a winter wedding. In fact, a jamewar shawl paired with a simple kurta pajama looks extremely sophisticated. Get in touch with us for more such sophisticated ethnic looks and customized Indian wear.