Harem Pants – Modesty and Fashion in India

by Sandra Foyt on September 8, 2012

in Travel Photos

Before traveling to India, I took my daughter shopping for appropriately modest clothing. Or so I thought. Even though Kayla packed longer shorts – much longer than anything she would willingly wear in the US – it turned out that anything above the knee is a no-no. As are tops that display shoulders. We remedied the shoulder situation with cleverly placed silk scarfs, purchased in Jaipur. And Kayla found that harem pants – the fashion article of choice among Bohemian travelers – were an attractive and comfortable solution for the knee issue.

Henna Heart and Scarf

Harem pants are easily found at most markets in India and Nepal (or so it seemed everywhere we went.) Prices can start as low as 300 Indian Rupees (approximately $6.00) but even the best quality, made-to-order silk harem pants sell for about $20.00 – a bargain.

Entering Satguru’s Textile World, we were treated to a demonstration of hand block printing, one of Jaipur’s best loved arts.

Block Print - Jaipur

Inside the shop, there was an overwhelming selection of clothes, linens, scarves, and textiles for making anything we desired.

Satgurus Textile World

It wasn’t easy selecting a cloth amongst so many choices, but within a few minutes we had the fabric and the fitting. The harem pants were finished and delivered to our hotel that night. And by the next day, Kayla was striking a pose in her favorite pants.

Harem Pants

Find It!

Satguru’s Textile World
36 Jagdish Colony, Mount Road
Jaipur, India

| Sandra Foyt inspires lifelong-learners to travel the world. A former education advocate and enrichment coach, she lived in Buenos Aires, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Southern California before settling in Northeast NY with two teens, an outdoorsy husband, and a well-indulged Chocolate Lab. Sandra contributes to Being Latino, and her portfolio appears at www.SandraFoyt.com. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Steve September 9, 2012 at 12:02 am

OK, so we’ve got a picture of Kayla in her harem pants, and she looks great. Sandra?
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Sandra Foyt September 9, 2012 at 10:09 am

Sorry, Steve, but harem pants don’t favor the short, squat, middle-aged mom.

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