The bridal dresses are something that are matchless around the world. In Pakistan these are generally red, maroon and pink, heavily embroidered and exceptionally attractive. While the main center of focus is the bride, her friends are no less in choosing their dress for these special occasions. Intricate detailing combined with sequins and zari work on beige gold and off-white, offers an offbeat approach with red having made a comeback with a splash on bridal dresses.
The bridal dresses are incomplete without heavily ornate jewelry, studded with precious and semi-precious stones. The unique beauty of the jewellery of Pakistan reflects the cultural traditions and diversity of the people. Centuries of tradition are artistically and lovingly molded in each hand-crafted piece of gold, silver and other metallic and non-metallic materials. The 22-karat gold jewelry is mixed with silver, copper or other metals. Intricately woven designs are either traditional or modern. Gold jewelry, plain or studded with diamonds, other gems or pearls, is usually patronized by urban women, while silver jewelry is popular in the villages. The styles in vogue are Kundan, Nau-ratna (set with nine gems), Jarao and Minakari. The gem setting centers are Karachi and Lahore but Hyderabad too specializes in making fine gold jewelry, particularly ornate filigree work. Sind and Bahawalpur have preserved the old technique of Minakari. Swat, Kaghan and Chitral are known for their folk jewelry manufacturers Pakistan.
The menswear generally remains unchanged, wherein the use of “Sherwani” – a long coat, is still worn on traditional occasions like marriages. However, the trend of adding embroidery is on the increase, perhaps to compete with the women. Wearing of brightly colored embroidered long shirts “Kameez” on marriages is also gaining popular choice. While the men continue to wear simple Shalwar Kameez combination, the summer dresses for women are brightly colored, simple yet attractive.
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