Harem pants

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An Algerian woman wearing harem pants

Harem pants or harem trousers are baggy, long pants tapered at the ankle, with side flaps[disambiguation needed] on the hip that button at the waist area.

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.[1] 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.

Harem pants are commonly worn with a pleated skirt — a short skirt that covers the top portion of the harem pants. Both harem pants and pleated skirts are commonly used in belly dancing.

A "modern" version of harem pants was popularized in the late 1980s by M. C. Hammer[2] and became known as Hammer pants. The modern version is intended to be made more fashionable and require less fabric. In 2012, recording artists Justin Bieber and Psy wore harem pants, possibly due to their shared manager, Scooter Braun. [3]

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,[citation needed] 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.[4]

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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