Harem pants, which originated in Arabian Peninsula, are like a cross between a skirt and a pair of skinny jeans. The legs, from the knees down, are fitted. The crotch area is loose and baggy as if it were cut to be a skirt. Traditional harem pants can be extremely large and baggy, with a very wide and full fit, very roomy, loose fitting, oversized, puffy, spacious, with elastic in waist and at ankles, and with the crotch below the knee almost to the ground.
They've also emerged as a "modern" version of harem pants made popular in the late 1980s by M. C. Hammer and thus known as Hammer pants. They are intended to be made more fashionable and require less fabric.
Similar pants are also known as dimije, tshalvar, schalwar, salwar kameez, kaccha, patiala salwar, shintijan, sirwal, sharovary, Turkish trousers, aladdin pants, balloon pants, drop crotch pants, pantaloons, zouave, pluderhose, and pumphose.
There is a garment similar to harem pants in Thailand, called "Hmong Pants", which is normally worn by hill tribes in the Northern Hills.
Another very similar garment to harem pants is found in India. For material, single piece of fabric with wood block peacock pattern print is used.
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