Selecting the right sherwani that embodies class and elegance for any Man is never an easy task. And although it is a garment that celebrates always a special occasion, the tale of the sherwani takes back to the royal lineage of what kings and nobility have left for us to celebrate a special day. Over time it has become one of the most stylized of formal Indian Menswear and has been explored in many different ways in the subcontinent and with our many neighbours. The nature of the fabrics, embroideries, detailing of the fit, the language of the buttons …. the list can be endless to what can make it special.
“The sherwani originated in the 19th century British India as the European style court dress of nobles and royals of the Mughal dynasty, before being more generally adopted in the late 19th century. It appeared as a fusion of the British frock coat and a kurta and pajama, first at Lucknow in 1820’s. It was gradually adopted by rest of the Indian royalty and aristocracy, and later by the general population, as a more evolved form of occasional traditional attire.”
Having worn sherwanis before as well, this was the first time I have explored with them in such a decorative stylization. The first ensemble is literally stepping back into the pages of royal courts with the overall detailed embroidery which encases the entire fabric. The embossed work on the rose pink textile was both daring and different for a choice that I was immediately captivated with. Not being tall, the cut was kept fitted till the knee without being too tight with antique brass buttons to bring the detail together keeping the look rich but sophisticated. Paired with the raw silk Pink kurta underneath and the Gold Tussar dhoti one has the lookbook that would befit any wedding occasion. The Kundan jewellery with meenakari details, turban and the classic Mojris help complete the tale.
The other design celebrates the Ikkat history but with what is often not seen in Ikkat handlooms, the textile weave that has silver&gold thread work with muted colors of greys and reds woven into the base which gives it that special touch. The cut similar to the one in the other look keeps it elegant and suited to my overall frame in a look that was well curated by the design house of Kingsmen Studio. Paired with the Matka silk gold border edged dhoti, silver mojri, kundan & gold accessories this can easily be quite the focus of the D day. The great thing about this classic design is that it can also be informalised with whites and simpler accessories if you want to replay it for a more toned down look.
In both the looks the larger designed teeka/tilak is something that more men should celebrate with. After all, why should only the ladies have fun. As kings of the moment we have much to drawn inspiration from.
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