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  • n. loose trousers worn in some South Asian or Islamic countries, especially by women

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  • n. a pair of light loose trousers with a tight fit around the ankles; worn by women from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a kameez)


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From Urdu شلوار śalvār, from Persian شلوار šalvâr.


  • But, costume-wise, it was Ketki who stole the show, in shalwar kameez, at the wedding itself.

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  • Around the room sat his men, their faces contorted by years of fighting and poverty, dressed in shalwar kameez and magazine pouches, eyes dark as the kohl lining them.

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  • The video, which was posted on a website, shows the tribal police officers, wearing traditional baggy shirt and pants, known as shalwar kameez, lined up with their hands tied behind their backs.

    Pakistani Taliban Release Video of Police Execution

  • Even doctors at Peshawar's main hospital have been ordered by the Taliban to stop wearing Western clothes, and to adopt the loose-fitting national dress known as shalwar kameez.

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  • A big, sticky bag of opium was brought out by a barefoot salesman wearing the white tunic and pants called shalwar kameez.

    Afghan Diary: Bizarre Bazaar

  • For daily wear, they often don an outfit called shalwar kameez long blouse, pajama-like pants, and shawl.


  • She wore a local form of dress called shalwar kameez, a long, flowing tunic over loose pants that was both practical and attractive.

    Living History

  • Afghan intelligence agents wearing local dress known as shalwar kameez swarmed the public hospital in Khost City, the capital of Khost Province, where the man, Maulavi Abdullah, 30, was admitted Wednesday.

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  • Weinstein tried to assimilate into the local culture and wore the Pakistani national dress, baggy trousers and a long tunic known as a shalwar kameez, and could speak functional Urdu, according to people who know him.

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  • It wasn't possible not to notice distinctive male outfit (women can also wear it) called shalwar kameez - a long sleeved shirt and loose trousers, both in a single colour. TravelStream™ — Recent Entries at


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  • "He too wore a shalwar kameez, and a big turban of white silk was wrapped loosely around his head."

    —Sami Yousafzai, "Jihad Chic Comes to London," Newsweek, March 23, 2009

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