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. Fine embroidery work enhances the royal look of the outfit. Further, various embellishments like beads, sequins, zari, zardosi, resham, swarowski crystals work provide rich ethnic look. The range of embroideries include the Chikankari , Phulkari, Jaal Work, Kantha, Kashmiri and Kashida embroideries. Sherwani are wore with churidar, briggs pants or dhoti.
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 like wedding and engagements sangeet. It is also wore at family get-together, traditional rituals and ceremonies. The masculine equivalent of the bride’s saree or lehenga is Sherwani. Due to similarities it is also poplar as Achkan or Doublet. It is most commonly wore by Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi grooms as Wedding outfit.
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 shops specialized in traditional designer clothes.
Salman Khan, a Bollywood actor, wore real gold embroiderd Sherwani in his movie “Prem Ratan Dhan Payo”. Indian music director A R Rahman also wore 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 India. Therefore it is a symbol of Muslim nobility and Pakistan’s national dress for men. In 18th 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. Famous brand Armani also included Sherwani in its latest collection.