Sherwani is a symbol of rich traditional fashion with royal elegance and style that symbolizes royalty. Further, it is the first choice for men to show rich tradition with stylish appearance. It suits any formal event and festive occasions like wedding, engagements sangeet, family get-together, traditional rituals and ceremonies. The masculine equivalent of the bride’s saree or lehenga is the wedding Sherwani. Due to similarities it is also referred as Achkan or Doublet. It is most commonly wore by Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grooms as Wedding outfit.
Sherwani is a long knee length coat (suit) like kurta with buttons in the front. Generally made of heavier suiting fabrics such as brocade, silk or wool with lining worn with churidar, pajama or dhoti. Fine embroidery work enhances the royal look of the outfit. Further, for rich ethnic look various embellishments like beads, sequins, zari, zardosi, resham, swarowski crystals work is used. The range of aesthetic embroideries on coat include the Chikankari , Phulkari, Jaal Work, Kantha, Kashmiri and Kashida embroideries.
With changing fashion, there is a wide range of fabrics, designs and colors representing the fusion of modernity and ethnicity. A matching turban and churidar complete the ethnic yet stylish look of this attire. Further, traditional footwear called mojadi or mojari can be wore on feet instead of shoes. Now a days Sherwani is quite economically found in boutiques or outlets specialized in traditional designer clothes.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s sherwani in the movie ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ was made up of real gold embroidery work. Further, Indian music director A R Rahman appeared in a black Sherwani to receive Academy Award. The attire originated as a fusion of the Shalwar Kameez with the British frock coat. It traditionally associates with Muslim aristocracy of North Indian subcontinent. Therefore it is a symbol of Muslim nobility and Pakistan’s national dress for men. In the late eighteenth century, it was the court dress of the royals in India. Subsequently, the Rajput aristocracy adopted it. Before Independence, the outfit closely associates with the founders of Aligarh Movement. In the recent past world-renowned Italian fashion brand Armani includes Sherwani in its latest collections.