Clothing Industry Glossary: Terms from India

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Bakrum Coated Interlining fabric made from coarse count yarn.
Choli A short blouse usually worn with a saree or a lengha. You can vary the collar, sleeve and length as you choose.
Chunni or dupatta A scarf or wrap worn with most Indian garments. The item can be plain or embellished with embroidery
Churidhar Fitted pants with deliberate snugness around the calf and ankle with gatherings and hooks for fastening.
Ded Suti 2 ends parallel Warp and one Pick of Weft - Plain weave fabric ( Oxford Weave)
Do Suti 2 ends parallel Warp and 2 ends Parallel Weft Plain weave fabric. (Basket Weave)
Kameez A long tunic about knee-length or beyond. The tunic is worn over pants or skirt and can be designed in a number of styles
Lacha A long skirt and tunic combination along with a chunni makes up a complete set
Lengha A long full skirt
Lengha/choli A long skirt and and blouse combination along with a chunni makes up a complete set
Salwar Wide loose pants with a reinforced cuff and a drawstring usually worn with a long tunic
Saree or sari lightweight cloth draped so that one end forms a skirt or pajama and the other a head or shoulder covering.  A piece of fabric about 6 yards in width and 44" in length which worn wrapped strategically around the body over a skirt petticoat and a choli.  Worn by Indian and south Asian women.
Zardosi Intricate hand embroidery using gold, silver or multi-colored wire on a variety of fabrics.
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