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A sherwani coat is usually of knee-length and it fits close to the body. The sherwani coat is fastened in front with the help of buttons. Embroidery is done on sherwani to enhance its appearance. There is a wide range of fabrics, designs, colors which can be used for a sherwani though the selection depends on the personal choice and also on the occasion.
In India, the sherwani is generally paired with churindar pyjamas. Churidar pyjamas are tightly fitting trousers worn by both men and women in the Indian subcontinent. churidars are a variant of the common salwar pants. Salwars are cut wide at the top and narrow at the ankle.
A sherwani is a long garment which resembles an Achkan and it is very popular among men in South-Asia. It is famous as a wedding outfit. A sherwani signifies the rich traditional fashion style of India as it is a traditional outfit of Indian men. It signifies elegance and style.
A sherwani is worn over a kurta and the lower part of the dress consist a churidar pyjama or a salwar. Sometimes, a dhoti can also be used in place of pyjama with a sherwani. A scarf is also used which is draped over one or both the shoulders.
Sherwani is now famous as a wedding outfit and it has always been popular as an outfit which can be worn on formal events. The sherwani signified dignity and etiquette of the nobility and it used to be the court dress of the nobles of Turkish and Persian origin. In India, the sherwani is worn on formal occasions and it is the national dress of Pakistan for men. A sherwani carries a regal feel.
Sherwanis look elegant as they fuse the best of both the eastern and the western styling. A sherwani is a typical attire of the North Indian and the Punjabi weddings.
Books/ Story time:
- Explore ‘I is for India’. This photographic alphabet explores India’s customs, religions and culture, focusing both on the rhythms of the bustling cities, and on day-to-day village life.
- Read ‘My Mothers Sari’. – A little girls sees her mothers sari as “”long like a train”” and that it “”fills the air with color when I dance and sing.”” A blue sari is a “”river””; a patterned one is a place to hide with her friends. Best of all, the youngster wraps herself in the vivid cloth because she loves how it makes her dream. The endpapers demonstrate how to wrap the garment. Full-spread illustrations capture the colors and textures of the fabrics and the little girl’s wide-eyed playfulness and love of her mother’s attire. Extend on this story in to music, movement and dramatic play through the inclusion of saris, scarves and materials.
Group/ Circle Time:
- Read through ‘The Clothes we Wear’, borrowing items of clothing to reflect those discussed in the book. Discuss the differences in the clothing, touching on the climate in each country, materials, cultural beliefs etc. Discuss children’s favourite items of clothing and why this is their favourite.
Music and Movement:
- Extend on ‘My Mother’s Sari’ story by introducing Indian music and pairing this with cultural clothing including sari’s and scarves
- Introduce children to Bollywood dance through videos and instructions on Youtube. Teach the children the moves one step at a time before combining the moves in to a Bollywood dance.
- Borrow a range of cultural clothing and home corners items to allow the children to explore different cultural items and create their own experiences.
Food and Cooking:
- Introduce some Indian dishes in to your menu. Items such as butter chicken and rice, roti breads and raita are perfect options to introduce children to Indian foods.
Language and Counting:
- Explore the Alphabet through ‘I is for India’.
- For OOSH or school age children, the traditional game of Chopat can be borrowed and introduced. While the game is simple, it requires strategy.
- Invite an Indian parent/ community member to come and share their culture with the children
- Take children on an excursion to a local indian restaurant where they can try different Indian foods
Related items in our catalogue
- ‘I is for India’ Book
- ‘My Mothers Sari’ Book
- Borrow from our range of Sari’s and dolls wearing saris
- ‘The Clothes we Wear’ Book
- Borrow a range of cultural clothing and home corners items
The research for this resource was made possible through a grant from the Central Coast Council.