What is a Harem Pant?

Eternally Chic….

Like I said, the fashion is fundamentally utilitarian, and that term is most applicable to Harem Pant. Harem Pant has a quite a history that travels back to 2000 years in India, and unlike today, it was not called a harem pant and it had no stitches.

In the absence of skilled tailoring, it was just a large piece of square shaped fabric wrapped around the man’s or woman’s body, with the corner of the fabric passed between the legs and tacked in the back waist-line to allow the mobility of legs.

It was a perfect garment for the hot climate of the Oriental countries that allowed the air to flow though the natural woven fabric and at the same time protected legs from sunburn, as well as from the mosquito or other insect bites.

Wait a minute! …  It also had another purpose: It perfectly covered a bulging piece of cloth from between the woman’s legs during the menstruating days. And, a bulging man’s penis, which may not have been always a fashionable trend like one in the mid centuries.

The name Harem Pant was given to it later or in early 19th century when progressives of both Eastern and Western world looked at each other’s cultures in a more collaborative manner. A Harem, which became the inspiration for many European poets and artists, was a collective place for high rank women in Persia and Turkey, and the elaborate wide leg pants were the standard attire for these women.

Amelia Bloomer, a women’s right activist in early 1800’s started wearing harem pants as symbol of female liberation in The West, as the split of the garment mildly defined woman’s legs.

In the light of common sense, I consider the Harem Pant an eternally chic and the liberating garment against all other bottom garments; It allows air through, it allows mobility, it alternatively covers an unwanted incongruence of a women’s body and moreover, it looks great not only with High Heals but also with Flats.

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