A kurta (or sometimes kurti, for women) is
a traditional piece of
clothing worn in
Afghanistan. It is a loose shirt falling either just
above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is
worn by both men and women. It can be worn with either a
salwar (women), or churidaar
(a unisex tight-fitting trouser). They are typically worn
in more formal occasions, especially in the case of men,
who in South Asia have largely moved to Western clothes
as everyday wear.
Kurtas are usually custom-made by South
Asian tailors, who work with the fabric their customers
bring them. South Asians overseas, and Westerners, can buy
them at South Asian clothing stores or order them from eBay
or web retailers.
In 2004 and 2005, a modified kurta has become fashionable
and appeared in the collections of designers such as
Versace, and has also graced the racks of stores like
Wal-Mart. These kurtas are typically much shorter than
the traditional garments, made with a lighter material more
often resembling that of a
kameez. They are often worn with jeans, both in India
and Pakistan and throughout the rest of the fashion world.