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This IELTS cue card was featured in an IELTS speaking exam this week. It asks you to descibe/talk about a traditional product from your country.

Talk about a traditional product of your country that you bought.

You should say:

  • what it is
  • how it is made
  • when you tried it for the first time
and explain why you like it.




Sample Answer A Traditional Product

India is a country well-known for its culture, which is rich in tradition. It is a diverse and yet amazingly unified country. The people living in different parts of the country have many varied cultures, customs, and traditions.

I come from the state of Punjab, and one of the traditional products of the region is the kurta pajama (for men), or a kurti for women.

I got my first one when I was still a young child, but I still wear them today because they are so comfortable – that’s why I like it so much.
This style of collarless shirt is not only popular in India, but also in many different parts of the world. There are many different types of fabrics available, but linen is probably the most popular and sought-after fabric for a traditional kurta. There are also various styles which are popular nowadays.

For example, there is the straight-cut kurta, which is a loose-fitting top which usually goes down to just above or below the knee. This style is very traditional for men.

But women also like to wear a shorter version of kurta, called a kurti. Traditionally, the kurta was worn with loose pajama, shalwars, or maybe churidars, but nowadays, it's more common to see people wearing it with jeans.

The kurta is used both for casual and formal occasions, depending on the style and design, so it’s very flexible.

Like I said, the kurta has become popular in many other countries outside of India. For example, in the1960s and 1970s, in the USA, many hippies used to like wearing the straight-cut version of the kurta. It was though to be very fashionable at the time.

A traditional kurta does not have a collar. But many variants nowadays feature a stand-up collar, sometimes called a mandarin collar.

The main styles of kurta are the Kali kurta which is like a dress with various different geometric panels in it typically. The front and back feature a couple of rectangular panels normally, and its popular with men and women.

The Bhopal kurta is a loose-fitting version that has pleats positioned at the waist. This makes it flow, so it’s similar to a skirt. Its length varies, typically finishing somewhere between the knees and the ankles, and people normally wear it with straight pajamas.

And then there is the Hyderabadi kurta, which takes its name from the Hyderabad, a former royal state. It’s a shorter version, typically sitting on the waist, and features a keyhole opening at the neck. The Hyderabadi kurta, traditionally, was white, but nowadays people wear all different kinds of colors.

And that’s a very traditional product from my country.





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