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Pakistani Dresses: The first image that crosses our mind when we talk about Pakistan that too about their fashion trends is women covered from head to toe in their religious wear called the hijab and men dressed in long tunics. Well, for most of us that is the image we hold in our mind regarding Pakistani dresses or their fashion. But, the real scene is completely different from our imagination, and that is exactly what we are going to explore today.
About Pakistani Dresses
Pakistan, a country with a rich history and an even richer past is home to over 200 million people. Because of the close connection that Pakistan shares with India, there is a great similarity in the dressing patterns when compared to that of India’s. The clothing culture in Pakistan is enriched with the numerous influences of the past and depicts thousands of years of traditional values. In fact to put it in the right way Pakistani dresses are the legacy of ancient civilizations. To be precise, they have their own unique charm and style. Pakistani people prefer their dresses to be rich in thread embroidery works, sequins, stones and other heavy designs. The dresses are mostly made of satin, velvet, chiffon, silk, cotton and kaamdaani fabrics which make the wearer look gorgeous. As the fashion industry in Pakistan is developing, the designers are coming up with more innovative designs and cuts which are absolutely eye catching. Pakistani dresses mostly have these linings and borders that add extra grace to the attire. Besides this, each province in Pakistan has something unique to their dressing pattern. However, their traditional dress remains the same, about which we are going to discuss in details.
Traditional Pakistani Dresses
The traditional clothing of Pakistan expresses just more than their culture and traditional values. It reflects their distinctive style, away of living and also the weather conditions. The traditional dress of Pakistan is the shalwar kameez which is worn by both men and women in the country. However, the style of wearing and even the work of embroidery differ from province to province in Pakistan. Each area has their own unique style of wearing the shalwar kameez.
The traditional dress of Pakistani men mainly comprises of shalwar kameez and sherwani.
Shalwar Kameez is basically the national dress of Pakistan which comprises of a loose pant known as the shalwar and a long tunic known as the kameez. The pants are available in various styles like for example; some are loose fitted while others have a narrow, tight fitting known as the churidars. The pants usually come with a drawstring so that they can be tied around the waist. More recently, elastic is used instead of drawstrings. And as far as the kameez is concerned, it is usually loose-fitted and long in length.
Pakistani men also prefer wearing sherwani mainly for special occasions like for example when there is a wedding. A Sherwani is a long coat which is usually rich in designs and made from heavy fabrics and is worn with a shalwar.
For Pakistani women, shalwar kameez and lehenga comprise their traditional wear.
Shalwar kameez is mostly used as a daily wear by Pakistan women and is mostly teamed up with a dupatta. They may also use a scarf or a shawl in the place of a dupatta.
Whereas, lehengas are mainly worn during special occasions like weddings. The lehengas are usually rich with designs and are mainly woven with laces which add to the gorgeous element to the lehenga.
Religious Clothing of Pakistan
When it comes to religious clothing for Pakistani people, it means that all your body parts should be covered except your face and hands. This is especially true for the women. Most women cover their heads with a dupatta or a scarf and wear a long robe kind of a dress with full sleeves which is known as a burqa or a hijab. And, for the men concerned they mostly wear a long loose-fitted tunic with a shalwar.
Other Cultural and Traditional Pakistani Dresses
Apart from the traditional shalwar kameez and the religious hijab for the women, there are a number of other cultural dresses that Pakistan have in stock.
The Kurta Shalwar: Kurta shalwar is mainly of Punjabi origin and serves as a perfect alternative to the national wear of Pakistan which is the shalwar kameez.
Waistcoat: Shalwar kameez teamed up with a waistcoat is quite a favorite choice of Pakistani men, especially when there’s a special occasion.
Dhoti (lungi): This is perhaps the most comfortable dress for Pakistani men and is mostly worn by elderly people.
Balochi Dress: The huge Balochishalwar along with the Pugh, Balochichawwat and the Baloch waistcoat is considered to be a cultural dress of Pakistan.
Pagrees and Topics: Along with the culturally rich dresses of Pakistan men they also take great pride in teaming up their attire with a topic or a pagree. The pakol hat and the karakul hat are two of the top choices of hats which are worn by Pakistani men. And, as far as the pagree is concerned, you will not find a single pathan without a Peshawaripagree rolled around their heads.
Churidar Pajama: A churidar pajama is quite the fashion statement for Pakistani women. It is very much similar to that of a shalwar kameez; the only thing is that a churidar pajama is a tighter fit. A churidar pajama is also accompanied by a dupatta.
The Pheran: This is mainly worn by Pakistani women belonging from the northern regions. It is a long coat or a cloak with broad sleeves which is mainly made of wool or tweed and is usually rich zari embroidery work. Pakistani women usually team up a pheran with a lot of traditional jewelry.
Balochi Dress: The women from the Baloch province carry off this beautiful kasheeda-clotted dress with great pride. A Balochi dress beats any other Pakistani dress for women any day.
The Kurta Jeans: This is mainly worn by teenagers who wish to have the best of both the worlds.