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Desi pants on a roll

india Updated: May 26, 2008 20:11 IST
Jaydeep Ghosh
Jaydeep Ghosh
Hindustan Times
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When it comes to trousers, the designers have limited options for changing the look. But recently we have seen designers opting for radical improvisation in shapes of pants. This dramatic new shapes apply to both men’s and women’s pants.

Here are some radical new shapes that are high on popularity charts.

Dhoti pants
India gives ample scope to designers to experiment with silhouettes. Dhoti, our National wear for legs is an art of draping six yards of fabric in a manner that creates two separate compartments for two legs.

Yohji Yamamoto, a legendary Japanese designer was the first to experiment the Dhoti silhouette on modern day pants. Results were so amazing that fashion got a new word — ‘Dhoti Pants’.

Dhoti pant itself has seen improvisation and now we can see various versions of it in form of Harem Pants or Drop-crotch Pants. Some designers fused it with the voluminous pants that rapper MC Hammer used to wear and coined the term — Hammer Pants.

Jodhpur pants
There wouldn’t be a bigger trend in recent days than Jodhpurs. The breeches worn by Rajput princes while playing Polo was long back adopted by the western world.

In modern times, we have seen a resurge of Jodhpurs, both in menswear as well as womenswear. Be it the military look or the equestrian look, Jodhpur appeared in all. From Armani to Balenciaga and Ralph Lauren to Hermes, everyone has Jodhpurs in their recent collections.

Churi pants
Churidar is essentially an Indian concept where the calf portion of the pajamas is so narrow that they form crinkles or churis. This age-old style was picked up by many designers to give a fresh detailing to the new rage of skinny pants. Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana are few names that appear at top-of the-mind when you visualise churi-pants.

Isn’t it amazing that what doyens of fashion industry discovered in 21st century prevailed in the sub -continent since 19th century? Churidaar-kurtas for women and sherwanis worn with churidaars by men have been essentially Indian and are basic component in our wardrobes when it comes to Indian wear.

Aligarhi pajamas
This adaptation may not be so popular but many believe that the wide-legged pants that have been immortalised by Calvin Klein and Prada originated from our very desi Aligarhi Pajamas with big flares.