Pakistani Clothing and
Pakistani dresses include a remarkable
variety depending upon the regional differences. Most of the
dresses are influenced by Islamic values and customs. The most
distinguishing feature among Pakistani clothing is the outstanding
fabric range, quality and design. Dresses such as Shalwar Kameez,
Chooridar Pajama, Lehnga, Achkan, Chador and Sherwani can all be
designed in a wide rang of comfortable fabric and alluring style.
Shalwar Kameez is a favorite dress in the Indian Sub continent. It
is the national dress in Pakistan.
Linen shalwar kameez
Shalwar Kameez is a comfortable autumn
dress. Both genders buy and wear it with equal preference. Women wear
linen Shalwar Kameez in bright and attractive colors along with a
chador, dupatta or scarf to cover their heads. There is a wide range
of Linen Shalwar Kameez in Pakistan such as plain linen Kameez with
embroidery on front panels, necklines and sleeves paired with a
matching shalwar. Glittery linen Kameez paired with a plain matching
Shalwar and Dupattas. Other
than this Block- printed linen Kameez paired with matching Shalwar
and Chador are considered very trendy.
Men wear Linen Shalwar Kameez
in black, white or different shades of light blue and gray colors.
Embroidered Shalwar Kameez
Embroidered Shalwar Kameez is yet another
favorite. It is available in a wide range in different kinds of
fabric such as Raw Silk, Silk, Satin, Crepe, Chiffon, Georgette,
Cotton, Lawn and Voile. Usually plain fabric is preferred for
embroidery but these days embroidery on slightly printed, striped,
and dotted fabric is in trend. For women’s summer embroidery Shalwar
Kameez there is soft and light weight lawn and voile with printed
Dupatta. Embroidered Shalwar Kameez usually has stunning motifs
around neckline, front panels and sleeves. Some dresses have
embroidery on the back of the Kameez also which is a very trendy
style. In winter women like Shalwar Kameez in woolen fabric with
beautiful embroidery, sequins and beads work.
For men also light weight and airy cotton
and Lawn Shalwar Kameez are preferred in summer with fine embroidery
around the neckline and sleeves. For winters Linen, Cotton and
woolen fabric are used.
Banarsi shalwar Kameez
Banarsi Shalwar Kameez is essentially meant
for women. It is complemented with a matching Dupatta and is a
suitable dress for very formal occasions. A wide range of designs
and fabric in shining Banarsi prints are available. Light weight and
cool Chiffon Banarsi is a popular summer fabric for Kameez. It is
often paired with a matching Shalwar in China Silk or Raw Silk. A
luring style in Banarsi Shalwar Kameez is the embroidery in gold or
silver thread combined with beads or sequins work. This type of
Banarsi wear is designed exclusively for weddings.
Chooridar Pajama is a traditional hot item
in Pakistani and Indian fashions. It is a narrow trouser that is designed to reveal
the contours of legs. Chooridar Pajama is worn by both genders,
however, it is a favorite among women. Chooridar Pajamas for Men are
made in Cotton or Raw Silk, for women they are designed in Cotton,
Lawn, Crepe, Satin and Raw Silk. Both genders wear it with long,
short or medium length Kameez depending upon the latest fashion
trends. According to 2012 fashion trends Chooridar Pajama for women
is to be paired with ankle length Kameez. Men wear Chooridar Pajama
with Sherwani or Kurta on formal occasions. It is a favorite
wear on Pakistani weddings.
Sherwani is a traditional formal wear for
men in Pakistan. This graceful outfit is a symbol of elegance in
Pakistani traditions. These days it is a popular fancy dress for
grooms. Sherwani is designed in a wide range of quality fabric
starting from something simple and comfortable as woolen cotton to
something as glamorous as Jamawar, Banarsi and Raw Silk. Sherwanis
designed for formal and special occasions such as weddings are
embroidered with metallic threads of gold and silver. Often there is
beautiful beads work, sequins work or other embellishments on the
front panels, neckline, collar or sleeves. Sherwanis for formal
occasions are paired with Chooridar Pajamas and Turban or stole.
Dupatta is a Chador for women in Pakistan.
It is a long fabric often laced or decorated with ribbons to give it
an attractive look. Women cover their heads with a Dupatta for hijab
or purdah purpose. A Dupatta also has some fine embroidery work as
in Bareeze’ Dupatta trends. Some have tassels or other handmade
dangling embellishments prepared in beads work or crochet patterns.
Different light weight and thin fabric such as Lawn, Chiffon,
Georgette, and Silk are used for Dupatta. Usually a Dupatta is made
of complementing fabric, print or design that suits a Shalwar Kameez
or Kameez Chooridar dress.
Kurta is a loose fitting Kameez worn by men
and women in Pakistan. It can be formal or casual depending upon
make, design and fabric. Shorter Kurta is worn over trousers and
longer ones are paired with Shalwar. Embroidered Kurtas in glamorous
designs are a favorite. Kurta is made in Cotton, Lawn, Voile, and
woolen fabric. Women’s Kurta has more variety in design and cut as
it may have numerous panels to create flare. Panels can be in
contrasting or complementary colors and fabric. Embroidery on front
and back panels, chest area and sleeves gives elegance to this
Punjabi Shalwar Kameez
Punjabi Shalwar Kameez is a symbol of
feminine style from Punjab province. It is different from other
types of this dress in shape and cut. Punjabi Shalwar has pleats
going inwards or outwards imparting flare to the wear more like
Patiala Shalwar. Punjabi Kameez in contrast is well-fitted with
pleats in the front and back to enhance a woman’s figure. It also
can be buttoned from the top front with metallic buttons. Bright and
catchy colors are a norm for Punjabi Shalwar Kameez. It is often
laced or embroidered coupled with a laced Dupatta. Printed Cotton,
Linen, Lawn or voile are preferred fabric for this dress.
Lehenga is a traditional formal wear which
brings to mind a fully decorated heavy bridal dress. Lehenga has
become an essential bridal wear for Pakistani weddings. It is an A
shaped flared skirt designed in Raw Silk, Banarsi or Chiffon Banarsi
fabric. Heavy beads work, embroidery in metallic threads, rich work
in pearls, diamantes, beads and sequins make Lehenga a traditional
marvel for formal occasions. Normally, very bright and catchy colors
such as red, brown, and blue, green are chosen for this dress
however, white, silver and pastels are also liked. Lehenga is worn
with a blouse or a Kameez of medium or small length (depending upon
the fashion) trends and a Dupatta. Different styles in this dress
are mermaid style, princess style, and layered Lehenga.
Sharara is a traditional formal bottom wear
for women in Pakistan. It is a trouser with a lot of flare or one
might say a two-legged Lehenga. Sharara is popular bridal dress and
just like Lehenga it is often laden with heavy embroidery and
embellishments. Sharara is made in Raw Silk, Chiffon, Georgette,
Chiffon Banarsi and silk. It is worn with a short or long Kameez and
Dupatta which are also embroidered to match up the Sharara. This
dress can also be made in pain fabric and be matched with an
Achkan is a popular
Muslim men’s wear in Pakistan
but such designs are common among lady’s wear too. Achkan looks much
like Sherwani but it is different because Achkan is made in much
finer fabric than Sherwani. Secondly it is without line. Achkan is a
front open buttoned shirt. It is of knee length or in some cases a
little longer than that. Achkan is worn with Shalwar or Chooridar
Pajama. it is worn on formal occasions, especially in weddings
grooms dress up in fine Achkans made in Jamawar.
Chador is a fine open cloak like head gear
in Pakistan. Chador is worn over a dress by men and women. For
women, it is slightly larger in size than a Dupatta and the fabric
used for a Chador is also thicker and finer than a Dupatta. Women
use Chador for Hijab or Purdah purpose as part of their
modest clothing attire. Men use for traditional
reasons in some regions of Pakistan. A famous style in Chador is
Ajrak which is a beautiful block printed shawl from Sindh province.
Chador is made in Linen, Cotton, and Georgette. Men’s Chador is made
in white, black or brown Cotton or woolen material. This is in
contrast to the scarf that Middle Eastern men wear on their heads
that is referred to as
keffiyeh or shimagh.
Shawls a rectangular cloth to be wrapped
around ones shoulders or it can also be used to cover head. Both men
and women in Pakistan wear shawls especially in winter season.
Woolen shawls done in marvelously colorful prints can be very warm
and cozy in winter.
Kashmiri shawls are the most famous in Pakistan.
Knit shawls and Pashmina shawls are very fine and durable. Pashmina
shawls are a favorite in Pakistan and the Middle East. Shawls are
also decorated with embroidery and beads work. Such shawls can be
very useful for formal occasions.
Sehra is a headgear worn by the groom on a
Pakistani wedding but Sehra in modern times can only be seen in
rural or extremely traditional areas. Sehra looks more like an
ornament with lots of silver or golden tassels. It might also be
made of fresh jasmine blossoms. It makes a groom stand out among a
crowd. It is a very traditional gear in
Sindhi cap is a beautiful cap worn by
many Sindhi, Balochi and even Saraiki men. Sindhi cap is embroidered
with tiny round pieces of looking glass between the stitches. It
glitters and looks lovely in shades of red, black, brown or blue. It
is cylindrical in shape with some portion cut out in the front to
fit the head and expose some hair. In Sindh this cap is often worn
with Ajrak. It is a great representative of Sindhi culture.
This is not the same as the
Turkish Kufi worn in the Middle East.