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The worldwide use of pajamas the word and the garment is the result of adoption by British colonists in India in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the British influence on the wider Western world during the Victorian era. Pajamas had been introduced to England as "lounging attire" as early as the seventeenth century, then known as mogul's breeches Beaumont and Fletcher but they soon fell out of fashion. The word pajama as pai jamahs, Paee-jams and variants is recorded in English use in the first half of the nineteenth century.
They did not become a fashion in Britain and the Western world as sleeping attire for men until the Victorian period, from about Such a garment is used by various persons in India e. It was adopted from the Mohammedans by Europeans as an article of dishabille and of night attire, and is synonymous with Long Drawers, Shulwaurs, and Mogul-Breeches [ A friend furnishes the following reminiscence: B—, tailor in Jermyn Street, some on 40 years ago, in reply to a question why pyjammas had feet sewn on to them as was sometimes the case with those furnished by London outfitters answered: Traditional pajamas consist of a jacket -and-pants combination made of soft fabric , such as flannel or lightweight cotton.
For this reason, pajama pants for men and boys are often sold as separates. In colloquial speech, these traditional pajamas are often called PJs, jim jams , or jammies. Some pajamas feature a drop seat also known as a trap door or butt flap: Drop seats were very common on pajamas made before the s, but in the early twenty-first century they are rather rare.
Contemporary pajamas are derived from traditional pajamas. There are many variations in style such as short sleeve pajamas, pajama bottoms of varying length,  or, on occasion, one-piece pajamas,  and pajamas incorporating various materials. Chiefly in the US, stretch-knit sleep apparel with rib-knit trimmings are common. Usually worn by children, these garments often have pullover tops if two-piece or have zippers down the fronts if one-piece , and may also be footed.
Although pajamas are usually distinguished from non- bifurcated sleeping garments such as nightgowns , in the US, they have sometimes included the latter as a top.
Babydoll pyjamas have a kind of short dress top over shorts or short pants. Pajamas may today refer to women's combination daywear, especially in the US where they became popular in the early twentieth century, consisting of short-sleeved or sleeveless blouses and lightweight pants.
Examples of these include capri pajamas , beach pajamas , and hostess pajamas. Pajamas are usually loose fitting and designed for comfort, using soft materials such as cotton or silk or satin. Synthetic materials such as polyester and Lycra are also available. Pajamas often contain visual references to a thing that may hold some special appeal to the wearer.
Images of sports, animals, balloons, polka dots , flowers, stripes, plaids , foulards , paisleys and other motifs may all be used for decoration. Pajamas may also be found in plainer designs, such as plaid or plain gray, but when worn in public, they are usually designed in such a way that makes their identity unambiguous.
Older styles of children's pajamas have been depicted as having a square button-up flap covering the buttocks. Pajamas are often worn with bare feet and sometimes without underwear. They are often worn for comfort by individuals in their living quarters.
Since the late 20th century, some people, in particular those in the US and to some extent Britain and Australia, and Polynesians in New Zealand, have worn pajamas in public, whether for convenience or as a fashion statement.
In January , the gulf emirate Ras al-Khaimah part of UAE introduced a strict dress code for all local government workers in order to prevent them from wearing pajamas to work. In January , a local Dublin branch of the Government's Department of Social Protection advised that pajamas were not regarded as appropriate attire for clients attending the office for welfare services. In January , Michael Williams, a commissioner in Caddo Parish , Louisiana, proposed an ordinance prohibiting people from wearing pajamas in public.
Caddo Parish already has a law against wearing sagging pants that hang below the waist. Williams pushed for a law against pajama pants after seeing a group of young men wearing loose-fitting pajama pants that were about to show their private parts. According to Williams, "The moral fiber in our community is dwindling.
If not now, when? Because it's pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow. Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington , Vermont , banned students in from wearing pajamas to school, concerned that they could be a safety hazard. Costumes, Reenactment, Theatre 3. Format see all Format. All Listings filter applied. Condition see all Condition. Item Location see all Item Location.
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