A sherwani is a traditional Indian garment that is worn by men. The sherwani can be made of silk, with gold and silver threading, or of chiffon which has been stitched together from fine layers of cloth. It has a long sash called the dupatta which is draped over the shoulder in front, usually as far as the middle of the chest.
The sherwani is worn only by Muslims during the Eid-e-Milad and at other times of the year; this is because it is a symbol of Islamic dress. Although the sherwani is considered to be a formal outer garment, worn mainly for special occasions and formal events, it has become part of everyday clothing. One can find the best designs for sherwani for men in Birmingham.
The word 'sherwani' comes from the Persian word 'shirvanee', which means embroidered, as an embroidered shawl was sometimes called 'sherwanee'. The term 'sherwani' was first used in the sixteenth century to refer to garments made up of a few threads in gold or silver thread.
Sherwanis are typically long and wide, with wide long sleeves and a slit on the side to allow for mobility. Since the fabric is lightweight, these garments are often worn in warmer climates around India. Sherwanis are usually made from cotton, silk or chiffon, with some designs being made of pure silk (as they tend to be more expensive than others). They are full-sleeved and meant to be worn open over the chest.
Sherwanis have been a part of Indian culture since the 16th century and continue to be produced today. The 'running stitch' technique used in embroidery was introduced by Indian Muslim women who were skilled in this area and it has become an important form of decorative art for them.The sherwani remains popular and is seen as a sign of status in India and is expected to be worn by royalty.