How to design a salwar suit

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How to design a salwar suit
Take time to design a salwar and the results will be visible. (Creatas/Creatas/Getty Images)

Hoping to design a salwar suit? Sometimes referred to as a salwar kameez, the type of dress originated in Southeast Asia, but is now extremely popular across the globe. An authentic dress should be made up of a combination of three pieces: kameez, dupatta and salwar. Although the dress is more established with ladies, salwar suits for men and children are also common. When designing the suit it's important to consider who the salwar is for, the fabric used and the intended style. Putting the design on paper or computer should hopefully create a unique salwar to be proud of.

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  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Crayons
  • Laptop

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    How to design a salwar suit

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    Determine who the suit is designed for. A salwar design could be modified to suit a variety of people and also a host of tastes. Take into consideration shapes and sizes of individuals and measure accordingly for a more suitable custom fit. Suits for different groups of people can alter considerably between gender and age. Ensure comfort and freedom when designing the suit as traditionally this is a benefit of the attire. Another factor to consider is what occasions will the salwar suit be suitable for? Will it be a formal, informal or multi-purpose suit?

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    Choose the right material for the suit. Choose from a diverse range based from simple to elegant dependant on budget. These range from cotton, lawn, swiss lawn and linen to khudder, chiffon, Georgette, velvet, silk, satin, crepe and synthetic. Explore the possibilities each different material may have with regards to style, suitability and most of all comfort. Consider different climates and temperature when choosing the material for the salwar suit and the dupatta scarf in order to preserve warmth or reflect heat accordingly.

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    Decide on a style for the suit. Research a range of styles for inspiration. Take a look at some traditional salwars and compare to a range of popular contemporary designs. If these are unhelpful or fail to make an impression why not think outside of the box and try to come up with an original salwar style loosely based on the research of others, adding unique innovative individual touches such as accessories. This could be useful if trying to make a fashion statement.

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    Bring the vision of the design to life on paper or using computer software. Sketch the design on paper, preferably using a pencil in case of mistakes. Use selected crayons to add colour to the design. If not blessed with drawing ability, why not use some computer software to create the design? Programs such as Edraw max (see Resources) are free to use. Beginners can often use templates for guidance or more advanced users can work on a completely fresh design.

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