The origin of sherwani (Urdu: شیروانی) can 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.