The Indian fashion market is flooded with multitudes of colouredkurtas and kurtis. They are trendsetters in the country worn by normal citizens, office goers to models, politicians and actors. For a layman and in a general sense, both kurtas and kurtis seem the same. And they are all the same stuff, right.
Or are they?
Getting to know the Difference between Kurtas and Kurtis
History and The Evolution
So let’s go back in the past for a moment. First of all, you can picture kurtas and kurtis being from the same family and the kurta is the elder sister while kurti is the younger beta version. The kurta was a long gown like fabric worn by Indian Muslim kings, Sufi saints and scholars. Then as time progressed, the length of this tunic got shorter,and in the 18th and 19th centuries, we could see several scholars and politicians from the country donning plain white kurtis. These were usually made of material like cotton or silk. So there goes our first difference which is thelength. As the kurti can be seen as the younger sister, she is shorter in length than her elder sibling.
The Matter of Combinations!
Then kurtas and kurtis also have different rules for combinations and lower wear. Kurtas are more ethnic,and long heavy kurtas look best with some leggings on. Especially if you are wearing something like an Anarkalikurta, then sporting something casual is totally off the books.
On the other hand, the golden rule for wearing lowers with kurtis is that there is no rule. You can wear harem pants, leggings, denim jeans, anything and it will seem to go perfectly with your kurti. Therefore the younger sister is more chic and casual and is ready to go to any party or occasion. Meanwhile, the elder one is still a bit reserved and heads out only for weddings and other important, grand and majestic events. In this sense, kurtis are an efficient light wear if compare with kurtas. It is versatile and can be used for any trend, season and occasion.
The thrill surrounding the two!
On a distantly related note, both kurtas and kurtis have made their mark and set Indian trends on foreign soil as well. Many foreigners possess a full set of a kurta and a pyjama just for the thrills or because of styles set by Indian models or fashion designers abroad and even normal NRIs.
The same applies for kurtis although you can say short kurti-like clothes have been worn a little before too in other countries. Just take,for instance, the 1960s in the United States. This was the time when the hippie movement was started. From then on, girls started dressing casually in loose short dresses that are reminiscent of kurtis. Kurtis themselves are having such an Indo-western look to them these days that if you look at a smart, sassy Delhi girl wearing a kurti and a girl sporting short hanging dress with long sleeves at a Goa …