In Islam, wearing nice clothes is allowed by all means as is evident from the Sunnah of our Prophet (peace be upon him) and the Quran. What isn’t allowed is extravagance or pride, which is translated as ‘looking down upon others’ by our Prophet (peace be upon him). Therefore, in a sense modest fashion is definitely allowed in Islam. Even if we look at the history of clothing amongst Muslims, we see this modesty in the form of flappy Sirwal and wide Qamis. In fact, throughout the ruling ages of Muslims such as Umayyad and Abbasid Caliphate, the Mamluk Sultanate, Ottoman Empire, Safavid Iran, the Mughal Empire, and all of those that aren’t mentioned here, there had been various forms of the Jubbah, Thobe, Qamis, and Sirwal. Although these names are more common in the rest of the Muslim world, including the Middle East and Africa, in Indian Subcontinent, there are different versions of these names; and therefore, different versions of the dress. “Shalwar” is worn to cover the lower body, while “Kameez” or “Kurta” are worn to cover the torso. The word Kurta can also be applied to a suit of Shalwar and Kameez sewn to form a certain fitting design.
Siwal, Qamis, and the rest of its derivatives are both for men and women. However, when it comes to women fashion, embellishment such as embroidery and different peripheral designs are applied. While this is also true for some regions in the men’s fashion, care is taken to make male clothes more modest and simple without the use of any vivid patterns.
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