Sherwani – A Royal Dress

Posted on 20. May, 2016 by in Uncategorized

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The origin of sherwani (Urdu: شیروانیcan be found in Central Asia during the times when it was the dress code of the Turkish and Persian nobles in the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal Empire. In the late 18th century, almost every man wore sherwani, during those times as this attire did not restrict itself only to the nobles, but became the traditional dress of the common man. Sherwani is the national dress of men in Pakistan. Whereas, in India, it is primarily worn on the occasion of traditional family functions.

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 designer mens suit with embroidery. During smaller events like Mehendi men do wear Kurta Pajama.

Sherwani is the unique attire of men’s clothing for weddings. Purchasing the Sherwani in readymade size spoils its attraction for which it is known. It needs measurements and should be purchased custom made. Fabrics used to make sherwani range from brocade to terry wool.

As the changing times these days Sherwanis are coming up in a variety of styles, patterns and designs. Even in fabric, there are enormous options available to exercise choice from. The higher the price you are ready to spend, the more intricately designed sherwanis you can 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. Unlike the bygone times, today, men wear Sherwani only on the formal occasions such as wedding or some family cultural function.

Pakistani Bangles

Posted on 19. May, 2016 by in Uncategorized

Typical Pakistani Bangles

Typical Pakistani Bangles

Bangles (known as Choorian in Urdu, چوڑیاں) are worn by Pakistani women on nearly every joyous occasion. They are worn especially after marriage to signify matrimony. It is tradition that the bride will try to wear as many small glass bangles as possible at her wedding and the honeymoon will end when the last bangle breaks. They are circular in shape, and, unlike bracelets, are not flexible. They are made of numerous precious as well as non-precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, glass, wood, ferrous metals, plastic, etc.

Bangles are part of traditional Pakistani jewelry. They are usually worn in pairs by women, one or more on each arm. Most Pakistani women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles or combination of both. Inexpensive bangles made from plastic, but the ones made of glass are preferred at traditional occasions such as marriages and on festivals. The designs range from simple to intricate handmade designs, often studded with precious and semi-precious stones such as diamonds, gems and pearls. Sets of expensive bangles made of gold and silver make a jingling sound. The imitation jewelry, tend to make a tinny sound when jingled. Chorra is a kind of bangle that is worn by Punjabi women on her wedding day. It is a set of white and red bangles with stone work. According to tradition a woman is not supposed to buy the bangles she will wear.

Colored bangles are a sign of marriage, with red and green glass bangles being seen as essential. Red symbolizes life and joy, while green symbolizes fertility. Glass bangles are worn by women of all classes of Indo-Pak Subcontinent societies. The bangles in the beautiful sets come with glitter wave designs that sparkle elegantly for a woman. Although girls are allowed to wear them, but bangles are considered essential for a woman in Indo-Pak subcontinent society. Usually eight to twelve glass bangles are worn on each wrist always and on Special occasions it will increase up to two dozen  in each hand wrist. Bangles are not just a decoration for women but are a beauty in itself, ask any Pakistani and they will definitely vouch for it! There are many types of bangles and at shop where bangle sellers weave a web of magic around your wrists. 

10 Unique Natural Treasures of Pakistan

Posted on 15. May, 2016 by in Uncategorized

The world is full of natural wonders that attract the attention of the tourists from around the globe. Pakistan is one of those gifted countries which have features and wonders that nature has gifted it. These unique wonders are spread from the seashore of the Arabian Sea to the snow capped towering mountains up in the north.

Here are some of the most unique features that are one of their own kind in the world of nature that one would be fascinated to visit and see if one happens to be in Pakistan.
k2 K-2 , the biggest pyramid like feature in the world: Located in the Karakorum mountain range up in the north of Pakistan, the 28,251 feet high K-2 or the Mt Godwin Austen or Chogori (in local Balti language) is not only the second highest peak of the world after Mt Everest, this pyramid shaped natural feature of the world. Visible from far distance, even when flying in the aircraft, K-2 is also considered as the Savage Mountain since it is more difficult to climb than Mt Everest.

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Trango Towers – the sheerest verticals of the world: Located in the Karakorum mountain range and part of the Trango Massif, these bare and unique verticals reaching out to 6,286 meters (20,608 feet), are the world’s most sheer verticals and rock features. These verticals are located across the famous Baltoro Glacier attract mountaineers from across the globe to scale these awesome rock verticals. The Trango Massif is surrounded by the K-2, the Gasherbrums and the Broad Peak (all above 8,000 meters).

pic_glowing-nangaparbatEight Thousanders: There are fourteen peaks in the world that are above 8,000 meters and are known as the Eight Thousanders. Of these fourteen peaks, five are located in Pakistan. These include the K-2, Nanga parbat, Gasherbrum-I, the Broad Peak and the Gasherbrum-II.

deosaiPlains-brownBearDeosai Plains and its extinct Brown Bears: Spread over an area of some 3,000 kilometers, the Desoai Plateau is the second highest plateau after the Tibetan Plateau in the world. The endless and awesome Deosai Plains are located at the boundary of the Karakorum and West Tibetan Plateau alpine steppe. Located in the Gilgit Baltistan region of Pakistan, the plains at an average height of 4,114 meters above mean sea level are rich in flora and fauna of its very own kind.

jahojalal-princess-of-hopePrincess of Hope: This beautiful naturally carved feature resembles a woman standing gazing at distant horizon clad in a royal gown and hood is located in the Balochistan province of Pakistan along the coast of Arabian Sea. The name of Princess of Hope was given to this feature by Hollywood star actress Angelina Jolie, who is also the UN ambassador of goodwill when she visited Pakistan.

Pakistani_sphinxPakistani Sphinx: This natural feature, located close to the Princess of Hope feature, resembles very closely with the Great Sphinx of Giza, Egypt.

Pakistan-Mud-Volcanoes-BalochistanMud Volcanoes: Balochistan coastline along the Arabian Sea is an area rich in natural unbelievable features. Mud Volcanoes stretched along the coastline between Karachi and Ormara are class of their own. The biggest crater has a diameter of 450 feet.

jahojalal-juniperforestJuniper Forests: The Juniper forests located near the town of Ziarat in Balochistan are the second largest Juniper forests in the world after the Junipers of California, some as old as 57000 years.

pic-snowleopardSnow Leopards: Pakistan is among few lucky countries where snow leopards can be found high up in the snow bound areas of its northern region, especially in Khunjrab (bordering China). They are found at altitudes varying between 3,000 and 5,500 meters.

BlindIndusDolphinBlind Dolphin of Indus: We often see Dolphins dancing and jumping in the waters. The look full of life, friendly, jovial and extremely sporty – may be because they can see. But there is species of the Dolphins that cannot see – they are virtually blind and unlike the seas, they are found in the Indus River in Pakistan. In local language it is called “Susu.”