(Last Updated on : 01/03/2016)
In the early eighteenth century, Sherwani was the dress code of the Turkish and Persian nobles in the Delhi Sultanate
and Mughal Empire. In the later part of the 18th century besides the nobles, the common people also started wearing sherwanis.
Origin of Sherwani - Churidar
The origin of sherwani can be found in Central Asia. Sherwani is the national dress of men in Pakistan whereas in India, it is primarily worn on the occasion of traditional family functions. Originally a Central Asian dress, Sherwani was the official costume for the Turkish and Persian aristocrats, present in the court of Delhi Sultunate. However, this royal fascination earned immense popularity in North India, especifically, in Punjabi. The elegant Sherwani is a body-hugging, knee-length, long coat-like garment, with embellished buttons, stitched on the front portion. The Sherwani is buttoned up while wearing, in order to attain the desired get-up. It can have for its fabric, raw silk
, and quality cotton
and even terry wool.
Specifications of Sherwani - Churidar
A Sherwani has a Nehru collar (collars worn by the first Indian Prime Minister
, Jahawarlal Nehru
, the trendsetter). This coat-like knee-length upper garment is perfectly matched with body-hugging Churidar-trousers. Indian men, assume the best of their manly appearance in Sherwanis. Sherwanis are usually, available in light shades like, white, crème, or beige. Especially a groom's apparel, the Sherwanis are decked with gorgeous embroidery, such as Zardozi. Zardozi is a type of brilliant Persian embroidery, studded with stones, gold and silver
thread, and at times with copper copper
wire, gilded with gold, or gold
coloured thread. A Churidar is a close-fitting trousers, topped off by Sherwanis. Churidars are commonly light in hues. It gives the final touch of splendid sophistication to the total appearance of men, and certainly to a groom.
Sherwani - Churidar During Weddings
Men usually wear Sherwani for their wedding. Sherwani comes in silk fabric with hand embroidery and is been designed to match with the Lehenga. Sherwanis are worn with matching turbans
, stoles and mojaris or juttis
. For wedding reception men also wear Indian designer
mens suit with embroidery, also referred as Indo-westerns or Jodhpuri Suits. During smaller events like mehendi
, men do wear Kurta Pajama
Sherwanis should be bought custom made or else it gets easily spoiled. Fabrics ranging from brocade
to terry wool are used to make sherwanis.
Usually the pyjamas are the dress which is preferred with Sherwani churaidars, over the regular pants. This gives a complete ethnic outlook to the person wearing it. With it safas are used as headgears and mojaris are worn with them, instead of the regular shoes. Mojaris are generally made with the same fabric from which the sherwani is made with the touch of same embroidery work with which sherwani is adorned. Sherwani is a long coat. It has buttons in the front with ban collars. The sherwani looks good well below the knees, and looks elegant especially if the groom is tall.
Types of Sherwani - Churidars
Sherwanis can be of nine different types. They are Chipkan Style Sherwani, Indo-Western Sherwani, Achkan Sherwani, Angrakha Sherwani, Printed Modern Sherwani, Pakistani Sherwani, Jodhpuri Sherwani, Jacket Style Sherwani and Anarkali Style Sherwani.
Inspired from the contemporary era, the chipkan style sherwanis are the reflection of the royalty. The designs of the Chipkan style sherwani are often driven from the Mughal period
and thus lay the impression of kings and rulers.
Balanced with the touch of modernity, the Indo-western sherwani are the best option to have when it comes to trendsetting fashion. From contrasting shades, hues, colours till outstanding embellished designs these sherwani are a package of almost everything.
In order to maneuver the best of fashion in all its glory one needs to get to those styles that are always close to the fashion world and one such style is Achkan sherwani. People prefer wearing it on their wedding day. When one wishes to highlight the best part of your upper-body then going with a Angrakha sherwani is a thing to be. This is the reason why this style is in huge demand amongst the fit men who are known for their well structured physique.
The printed modern sherwani offers a perfect amalgamation of contemporary and modern designs rich in different patterns, designs and artworks. The Pakistani Sherwani is a unique sherwani that has made its way to the Indian weddings. There are many who love the charm, bodice work and colors of these sherwani and thus have adapted them to make the most of the wedding seasons. Not only grooms but even the men who attend various functions of the occasion love to have this sherwani in store for them.
The Jodhpuri sherwani is yet another royal style that is often worn for royal weddings. After all, the vibrancy of any royal wedding will always remain incomplete without the right take of Jodhpuri Sherwani.
The jacket style sherwanis are undoubtedly for those with a princely taste. Made from classic materials like tusser, raw silk, Banarasi and Jamwar stone wash these sherwanis are admired for antique motifs, matte gold finish and sequins work.
The anarkali style sherwani is another inspirational form of sherwani that bonafides the intricate art work of India at its best.
Style in Sherwani Churidars
These days Sherwanis are coming up in a variety of styles, patterns and designs. Even in fabric, there are many different options available to exercise choice from. The higher the price one is ready to spend, the more intricately designed sherwanis one could choose from. The sherwani suit fits quite close to the body and this is what lends it elegance. Thus, fitting is of utmost importance, as it has the capability to make or mar the whole look. In the present era, the entire embroidery work is done with machine. When it comes to ornamentation and the sherwanis are embellished with varied kinds of artwork such as beads
, mirrors, sequins and embroidery.