The sirwal (Arabic: سِرْوَال / ALA-LC: sirwāl; Turkish: şalvar), also known as punjabi pants, are a form of Arabic pants predating the Christian era. They are typically worn in the Arabian Peninsula and other primarily Muslim countries, but also extensively in the Greek countryside (and other places in the Balkans) prior to WWII. The drawstring allows a sirwal to be worn at either the waist or hip level. Sirwal are worn by men under the thawb, or alone with some sort of loose top.
There are two types of sirwal, long and short. Short sarawil are worn by most Saudi men. Men of the Western Region usually wear long sarawil.
- The word is of Persian origin; [shalwār] (F. Steingass: Persian-English Dictionary, p.758a) was borrowed into Greek as σαράβαρα sarábāra, "loose trousers worn by Scythians" (Liddell & Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon. The words used in Balkan languages came through the Ottoman Turks and did not continue the Ancient Greek designation.
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