Churidars are also cut longer than the leg and finish with a tightly fitting buttoned cuff at the ankle. The excess length falls into folds and appears like a set of bangles resting on the ankle (hence ‘churidar’; ‘churi’: bangle, ‘dar’: like). When the wearer is sitting, the extra material is the “ease” that makes it possible to bend the legs and sit comfortably. The word “churidar” is from Hindi and made its way into English only in the 20th century. Earlier, tight fitting churidar-like pants worn in in India were referred to by the British as long-drawers or mosquito drawers.
The churidar is usually worn with a kameez (a form-fitted overshirt) by women or a kurta (a loose overshirt) by men, or they can form part of a bodice and skirt ensemble. Churidar Salwar Kameez is not exactly like a traditional salwar kameez. To give a different look and feel to salwar, the churidar was designed by the traditional designers which became popular in the modern age. A churidar is similar to the salwar but is tighter fitting at the hips, thighs and ankles more like leggings.
Churidar kurta sets are stitched in different types of fabric: silk, cotton, chiffon, georgette and so on.There are variety of designs of churidar kurta. Traditionally, the kurta was long, below the knee. Today, the short kurta and churidar which looks very elegant and is in fashion too. With the changing times the style and shape of the kurta varies from simple one to very jazzy look. There are different neck shapes, neck depth and kameez length available in so called modern Kameez. Some of them are simple and plain with a multi coloured churni. There are mix and match combinations of the kurta and the churidar. Some of them come with heavy embroidery and rich designs which are usually worn on special occasions.