Apart from saree, if an Indian woman (of modern days) wears a dress on ceremonial occasions like wedding, is the Salwar Kameez. You may say it as opposite of shirt-pant worn by men, though it was used by girls as a dress before marriage. But, with the change in fashion and thought of people over time, it is also being worn in marriage functions and married ladies. So, it is regarded one among the designer wedding dresses. Since it is easy to wear and handle; the happiness of wife increases and takes note of her caring husband.
Though salwar kameez is worn by women of all communities in modern times at all occasions, the Muslim women necessarily wear this dress on wedding day.
The complete dress-set (or costume) consists of Salwar, Kameez and Dupatta. Salwar is a loose pajama wide at the top and narrow legs at the ankle. The Kameez is like shirt. Dupatta is a piece of cloth about 2 metre long. Women find salwar kameez very comfortable and easy to handle in comparison to a saree.
Among various designer wedding dresses, the Salwar Kameez is available in many varieties and styles. It may be classified according to styles of Salwars and Kameez. For example, Traditional Salwar Kameez, Pajami/Pencil Style Suit, Churidar Kameez, Kurti/Kurta/ Kameez and Salwar, Parallel Suits, Afghani/Patiala Suit etc.
Designer salwar kameez is very popular all over the world. Women feel enhancement of their beauty and dignity while wearing it. Among all the fashion shows, exhibitions etc. related to designer wedding dresses this type of dress find appearance.
Physique and look matters
Depending on the choice and body construction (physical look or appearance) of women, the suitable type and style of salwar kamees can be worn by them. For example, a woman of thinner look can wear Patiala suit to hide her thinness and give a fuller look to her body.
Many designers in their shows of designer wedding dresses exhibit perfect blend of traditional and modern trends to generate a new concept. Similar to other designer wedding dresses, the salwar kameez is made from the fabrics like cotton, satin, silk, crepe, georgette etc. decorated with mirror works as well as embroidery. You will find the designer salwar kamees decorated with high quality embroideries of zari work, zardozi, sequins etc. Lucknowi chikankari, Sharara, Lacha/lachcha etc. are various new various coming with modern times. The most attractive embroidery is found on the dupatta. It is generally found with pearls, beads, mirror works etc.
Importance of Dupatta
It is believed that the dupatta is the symbol of modesty. It is worn on both the shoulders or in other pattern as per the trends of society and personal choice of the woman. However, the dupatta can also be worn like a cape around the entire torso. The cloth material of the dupatta may be different from that of salwar kameez. But, is it quite matching in the colour. It is believed that a woman must cover her head while being engaged in any sacred work like worship, paying respect or regards to elders and that time the dupatta becomes very useful to them. However, the pattern of wearing dupatta has changed over the time; it is still a part and parcel of the dressing with salwar kameez.