Sherwani forms part of the traditional attire for Men.
It consists of a long coat, knee length with buttons in the front. It is worn over the Kurta and a Churidar or Salwar. A matching turban and churidar complete the ethnic yet stylish look of this attire.
Its an elegant embodiment of royalty, elegance and style.
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When is it used?
The masculine equivalent of the bride’s saree or lehenga (wedding dress) is the wedding sherwani. It reflects the true significance of the D-Day as it symbolizes royalty.
It is worn by men to grace special occasions like weddings, festivals, engagements, family get-together, traditional rituals and ceremonies. This and Achkans are worn by most Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grooms as Wedding Outfit. Mostly it is the folks of the North Indian descent, especially those from Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabadi-Muslims prefer this for weddings.
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This is also referred to as Achkan or Doublet as they have significant similarities. Achkans differ from this in fabric, as the fabric used here is heavy along with a lining in it.
How to source?
Available quite economically in boutiques or outlets specialized in traditional designer clothes. The exclusive designer sherwanis are available with Designer Churidars, Kurtas and Matching Turbans. Designer items are available in different styles, embroideries and colors.
How is it designed?
These are made of lighter and finer fabrics without a lining in it. The design of this gives a creative look with an accent of exclusivity. With respect to the other high-end fabrics, mostly silks and brocades are preferred for this, as these two fabrics make the outfit look rich.
The range of aesthetic embroideries on this include the Chikankari, Phulkari, Jaal Work, Kantha, Kashmiri and Kashida embroideries. This is often embellished with different artworks like diamonds, beads, stones, pearls, sequins, jari, zardosi and resham embroideries all over to give a rich ethnic texture.
These originated as a fusion of the Shalwar Kameez with the British frock coat. This is Pakistan’s national dress. It’s a a symbol of Muslim nobility. Originated in South Asia, it was the court dress of the royals in India, in the late eighteenth century.
It was traditionally associated with the Muslim aristocracy of the North Indian subcontinent. Subsequently, the Rajput aristocracy adopted it. Before Independence, this was closely associated with the founders of Aligarh Movement.