The Breadwinner


Deborah Ellis

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Shalwar Kameez Term Analysis

Shalwar kameez are garments worn by both men and women, consisting of long trousers and a long top. Men’s shalwar kameez are all one color and have pockets; women’s versions are often patterned and embellished with embroidery or beading.
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Shalwar Kameez Term Timeline in The Breadwinner

The timeline below shows where the term Shalwar Kameez appears in The Breadwinner. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
Family and Friendship Theme Icon
Agency, Maturity, and Childhood Theme Icon
...hands Parvana new items to sell. Parvana is enraged that Mother is selling Parvana’s good shalwar kameez , but Mother insists there’s no need for it. Parvana asks why they don’t sell... (full context)
Afghanistan, History, and Pride Theme Icon
Gender Relations Theme Icon
Father, dressed in his good white shalwar kameez and with a freshly combed beard, looks rested and handsome. He tells the story of... (full context)
Chapter 6
Gender Relations Theme Icon
Agency, Maturity, and Childhood Theme Icon
...hands over her head and decides she likes it. She pulls on Hossain’s pale green shalwar kameez . Though the trousers are too long, if she rolls them up they fit okay.... (full context)
Chapter 7
Agency, Maturity, and Childhood Theme Icon
Just before lunch, a man stops and asks the price for the red shalwar kameez . Mother didn’t tell Parvana what to ask, but Parvana remembers how Mother used to... (full context)