"This article pertains to the garment. For information on the tribe, see Sherwani (tribe)."

Sherwani (Urdu: شیروانی, Hindi: शेरवानी) is a long coat-like garment worn in South Asia, very similar to an Achkan or doublet. It is worn over the Kurta and "Churidar", "Khara pajama", a salwar. It can be distinguished from the achkan by the fact that it is often made from heavier suiting fabrics, and by the presence of a lining.


The Sherwani during the period of British India in 18th century, as a fusion of the Shalwar Kameez with the British frock coat. It was gradually adopted by most of the Indian aristocracy, mostly Muslim, and later by the general population, as a more westernized form of traditional attire.

It is the national dress of Pakistan for men, as it is not specifically associated with any of the provinces. In India, it is generally worn for formal occasions in winter by those of North Indian descent, especially those from Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabadi muslims. Most government officials in South Asia wear the formal black Sherwani on state occasions, which in India is closely associated with the nation's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

Many South Asian grooms wear them as wedding dress. Sherwanis are usually embroidered or detailed in some way.

Also, in Pakistan, Sherwanis for women are becoming popular. [cite web | title= Female Sherwanis | publisher= Dawn | url=]

Sherwani's have been designed by Rohit Bal for British Airways cabin crew who are on Southern Asian flights


This Sherwani coat fits close to the body, fastened in the front with buttons, and extends to slightly below knee-length.


External links

* [ New fashion Sherwanis]
* [ AKS - The Sherwani King]
* [ Sherwanis from Redd Bridal]

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