A ‘Kurti’ is an Indo-western tunic top, tailored to a comfortable fit and hip covering length.
Kurtis are usually worn over jeans. However, they can also be worn over leggings, “jeggings” (fitted denim leggings) or loose patiala salwars, as per personal preference. The sleeves are usually long, but can also be stitched short, elbow length or sleeveless.
Kurtis come in a wide range of fabrics, designs, prints, cuts and styles. They can be customized to suit casual or formal purposes. Cotton, crepe, georgette, chiffon, silk, are some commonly used fabrics for kurtis.
Kurtis having embellishments like beads, semi-precious stones, mirror work, thread work, sequins, etc. look great when worn for special or formal occasions.
For casual / regular wear, kurtis can be lightly embroidered, typically around the neck and sleeve ends. Also, borders of various kinds can be used to ‘dress up’ kurtis – light or heavy borders can be chosen as per occasion.
Printed kurtis are suitable for both casual and formal purposes. Attractive prints with light work and / or borders are best for regular use, whereas stylish printed kurtis combined with semi-heavy to heavy ethnic work make good party and formal wear.
Kurtis have become a rage in the fashion world and a hot favourite among women of all ages. Understanding this, designers are including different kinds of kurtis in their collection of Indian clothing. Designer kurtis can be customized to fit any age group, body type and occasion.
All in all, the Kurti is convenient, comfortable, elegant, and is an excellent mix between traditional and modern attire.