L’Histoire de Mode~Harem Pants
Harem trousers are women’s baggy long pants tapered
at the ankle, with side flaps on the hip that button at the waist area.
Harem pants, which originated in India, are like a cross between
a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. The legs, from the knees down,
are fitted. The crotch area is loose and baggy as if it were cut to be
a skirt. Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy,
with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, oversized,
puffy, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the
crotch below the knee almost to the ground. Harem pants are
commonly worn with a pleated skirt – a short skirt that covers
the top portion of the harem pants. Both harem pants and pleated
skirts are commonly used in belly dancing. There are resources
that show various forms of pleated skirts and explain how they are created.
They’ve also emerged as a “modern” version of harem pants made
popular in the late 1980s with MC Hammer. They are intended to be made
more fashionable and less fabric requirement. Similar pants are also known
as dimije, tshalvar, schalwar, salwar kameez, kaccha, patiala salwar,
shintijan, sirwal, sharovary, Turkish trousers, aladdin pants, balloon pants,
drop crotch pants, pantaloons, zouave, pluderhose and pumphose.