The Amazing Evolution of Sherwanis

by Fayed Hussain on December 10, 2015

History and Evolution of a Sherwani

The Sherwani has evolved over time and usually reflects the cultural and economic situations that exist in the countries. Currently in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, Sherwanis are preferred for weddings by the grooms mostly. There is a history for Sherwanis that is rich and interesting to see and deserves some commentary for it from Sherwani King. This article will cover most aspects about the Sherwani so you know exactly how amazing these outfits are.

The History of a Sherwani

The first types of Sherwanis started in South Asia and then evolved soon from a decorative outer-coat known as the 'Choga' which was then loosely worn over a 'Jama' or 'Achkan' which is the knee-length coat. The reason why Sherwanis were invented was to represent a court dress of nobility which the royals of the Mughal Empire wore quite often.

During late nineteenth century, Sherwani evolved into more tight fitted coat worn over a Kurta and replaced the most commonly worn 'Achkan' as court dress among nobility and was more generally adopted by early twentieth century. It was chosen over the achkan only because it had most of the aristocracy compared to it, and later by the general population, as a more evolved form of traditional attire.

How Sherwanis grew popular

People began to notice many high ranked and famous people in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh wearing Sherwanis because it was styled in a modest manner that were lightly embroidered and detailed or it was heavily embroidered. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan frequently wore the Sherwani after winning independence for Pakistan and later on made the Sherwani into it's national dress.

Sherwanis worn by certain communities like Punjabi's and Indians tend to be richly detailed and embroidered. These communities take pride in showing off their wealth and it continues to be the choice for festive celebrations.

It has also become almost customary for bride grooms to wear a Sherwani on their wedding almost always accompanied by a turban and scarf. Wedding sherwanis usually tend to have embroidered collars and have been popularized in recent times by famous designers. One major difference between Sherwani wearing habits in Pakistan is that Pakistanis very rarely wear it with chooridar pyjamas preferring a shalwar instead whilst Bangladeshis and Indians are distinguished by their preference for churidas.