Sherwani

Published: 20th June 2011
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Sherwani is a long coat-like garment worn in South Asia, very similar to an Achkan. It is worn over the Kurta and Churidar, Khara pajama, a salwar, or, in India, a dhoti. The Sherwani originated in Central Asia and was the court dress of nobles of Turkish and Persian origin in the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire, before being more generally adopted in the late eighteenth century. It was also associated with the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad State. It is the national dress of Pakistan for men, as it is not specifically associated with any of the provinces. In India, it is generally worn for formal occasions in winter by those of North Indian descent, especially those from Uttar Pradesh. Most government officials in South Asia wear the formal black Sherwani on state occasions, which in India is closely associated with the nation's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.



This Sherwani coat fits close to the body, fastened in the front with buttons, and extends to slightly below knee-length. Sherwanis are usually embroidered or detailed in some way. Many South Asian grooms wear them at their weddings. According to some sources, Sherwani is named after the Sherwani a large Muslim tribe of mixed Arab and South Asian descent in India. Marriage marks a significance moment in every mans life where he celebrates sharing his life with a partner. Every man desires to look his best on the special day! Grooms preparing for an Indian style wedding have the luxury of choice when it comes to choosing their wedding attire. The sherwani is a traditional Indian-style groom wear originating from the royal families in the North of India. The sherwani consists of a streamlined jacket that extends knee length and is sometimes longer. The jacket is uniquely designed with a Nehru-style collar and buttoned down the front. The Sherwani is usually teamed up with a tight fitting churidar, Jodhpurs, and a shawl draped over one or both shoulders. To complete the regal look the groom should wear jooties or traditional Indian footwear which are usually available in matching colours.The sherwani suits usually features unique embroidery work like zardozi. Ari or zardozi is an ancient form of embroidery introduced during the Mughal era and has become a well-known, fashionable hand embroidery.



The modern day groom can also select from a myriad of colours to blend in with the brides outfit as well as the decorated mandap. Modern day males now have the luxury of choice when it comes to dressing up in stylish and traditional outfits.Not only is there variety in the cut of the fabric as well as the nature of the fabric but also the wide range of colours and the amount of work that has gone into each piece distinguishing one sherwani from the next. A maroon coloured silk sherwani in maharaja style, which is embroidered with a golden thread is very distinct from the royal blue colored sherwani with zardozi work and white churidars. The beige colored royal sherwani in rich silk, with extra special handwork could be worn at one formal occasion, while the heavily embroidered sherwani in gold and copper shades would be more suitable at another formal event.



KURTA

A kurta (or sometimes kurti, for women) is a traditional piece of clothing worn in northern India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is worn by both men and women. It can be worn with either a paijaamaa (men), salwar (women), or chudidaar (a unisex tight-fitting trouser).



They are typically worn in more formal occasions, especially in the case of men, who in South Asia have largely moved to Western clothes as everyday wear. Kurtas are usually custom-made by South Asian tailors, who work with the fabric their customers bring them. South Asians overseas, and Westerners, can buy them at South Asian clothing stores or order them from web retailers. In recent years, a modified kurta has become fashionable and appeared in the collections of designers such as Versace. These kurtas are typically much shorter than the traditional garments, made with a lighter material more often resembling that of a kameez. They are often worn with jeans, both in India and Pakistan and throughout the rest of the fashion world.



PAJAMA

Pajamas or pyjamas (often PJs or jammies) are a form of nightwear for those who do not prefer to sleep in their underwear or nude. Pajamas are usually two-piece garments but may be one-piece garments. They are worn by children and adults alike, although children seem to prefer them. The wearing of pajamas by adults is sometimes seasonal; e.g., only in winter time. The word "pajama" came by the way of the Hindi word pajama, originally from the Persian words Payjama meaning "leg garment." Material

Pajamas are usually loose fitting and designed for comfort, using softer materials such as cotton (flannel in particular) or the more luxurious silk or satin.



Designs and Patterns - Custom

Pajamas oftentimes contain visual references to a thing that may hold some special appeal to the wearer. Images of sports, animals, balloons, polka dots and other things may all be used to decorate them. 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. Pajamas are often worn as comfort wear even when not in bed, and are also sometimes worn as a fashion statement. In the United States, some people (mainly young females) have started to wear pajama pants in public as fashion. In China, it is not unusual in the late afternoon or evening, to have adults wear their pajamas in public around their local neighborhood. In the U.S., when a wintery storm is predicted, some children will wear their pajamas inside out as good luck for a "snow day" from school the upcoming day.

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