The subcontinent of India bursts with cultural diversity in its sights, sounds, people and languages;spanning times and spaces few cultures have managed to reach.The Lunatic Express brought them to Kenya where they form a most spicy and vibrant thread in our societies fabric.Chapati? that was them.Pesa, chai, bangili, gari? Yes, that’s them too. The functionality and aesthetic beauty of their dress is to be admired, keeping one looking cool and cool(points for that line,yes?) under the tropical sun.Today, we take a look at the Kurta, an easy to wear, stylish mens piece that flatters a good frame.
Essentially, the kurta is rather like a long shirt, falling right above or below the knee with slits on either sides from slightly below the waist to increase mobility/comfort .They were traditionally worn with loose-fitting paijama , loose-fitting shalwars, semi-tight (loose from the waist to the knees, and tight from the calves to the ankles) churidars, or wrapped-around dhotis .Well fitting chinos or khakis should do you well, no pressure really.
Variations of the Kurta exist, with essential differences being existence of a collar(“mandarin”), placket styling and button arrangement.
Satiate your curiosity by buying a piece 🙂
Photography by Wayne Wambua
Bracelets by Matinis254