A churidar is a baggy drawstring trousers that bunch up tightly along the lower calf. Worn traditionally with Kameez / Kurta, its name comes from the word Choori meaning bangles. The bunched folds along the bottom half of the calf gives the effect of several bangles worn together. Chudidar is a long fitting pyjama worn by the North Indian groom and churidar kameez salwar is popular among the women. Chudidars are usually fine muslins or cottons, in white color. The traditional churidar is tied with a nara at the waist. New variants come with an elastic, and do away with the hassle of tying the knot (of the nara, i.e)! What is special about them is that they are longer than the legs.
Their extremes are crinkled and crumpled to fit. Creases thus developed resemble `churis` or bangles, hence the name churidars kameez. A churidar is a perfect accompaniment to long kurtas and sherwanis. According to ladies apparel exporters/wholesalers the short kurtas, cotton churidars and broad salwaar is very much in demand. The short kurta and churidar, and two scarves (one around the neck another on the shoulder) also looks very elegant is in fashion too.
Salwar kurta churidar is no longer confined to northern India. Churidar has made its way upto the southern parts also. For example, Madras is no more meant for Tamilians, because no Tamil culture left. It has become more of Telugu city and North Indian city. Everyone out here try to act like Marwaris or Gujarati. People prefer going to Dandiya and disco imitating North Indians. People here prefer to wear only Chudidar and quarter sarees are already out. Many hardcore Tamil schools and colleges have already accepted Churidar and pants.
Gone are the days when men had to be content with a hired zari sherwani or a suit as their wedding gear. Even as Shah Rukh Khan turns to designer wear in films, and Hrithik Roshans sherwani outfit inspires bridegrooms, choices for men have increased. "Men can wear embroidered churidar kurta sets in tissue, crochet sherwani with a dupatta or a jacket sherwani for the wedding.