“Pakistani Style: A Cherished and Alluring Tradition

“Pakistani Style: A Cherished and Alluring TraditionSource: https://tribune.com.pk/

**Pakistani traditional clothing – an emblem of Pakistani identity. Pakistani attire is versatile, catering to various occasions and embodying diverse traditions, just like the country itself.

While Pakistan is often known for its battle against terrorism, few recognize the love and warmth that the Pakistani people exude. Here, we’ll explore the rich tapestry of Pakistani dresses through its traditional clothing, as well as how different regions have their own unique styles.

Diverse Cultures in Different Regions:

  1. Punjab:In Punjab, traditional attire used to consist of Kurta and Lacha for men and Reshami Shalwar kameez made from ladies non stitched fabrics for women. However, as fashion evolved and times changed, Punjabi fashion has also advanced. Now, people in Punjab prefer fabrics like Cotton, Latha, wash wear, and B The classic lacha has been largely replaced by shalwar suits, although in rural areas, people still love to wear lacha.source: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2Fbeautiful-fashion-3–292593307014255092%2F&psig=AOvVaw0Pc-5w6QCKN1QKFl0b0uzK&ust=1693810925019000&source=images&cd=vfe&opi=89978449&ved=0CBAQjRxqFwoTCJCAn8bvjYEDFQAAAAAdAAAAABAE

In today’s era, a game changing situation has been seen in the fashion of Punjabi women. In the last few years, Punjabi traditional and modern fashion have adopted both, from which a third completely unique new fashion statement has emerged and this fashion expresses the sophistication and modernity of Punjabi women.Available in both non stitched ladies suits and ready to wear at various stores.

Another good thing is that in the Pakistan’s dresses, the trend of traditional dressing has again been found, like patiala suit and phulkari embroidery. The dresses are being recreated again  with modern designing ideas in addition to multi-colors and intricate embroidery ideas in the dresses making them comfortable for formal occasions as well as casual wear.

Along with traditional Pakistani fashion, western fashion is also becoming quite popular among Punjabi women. A lot of ladies are adding western style tops, jeans and other dresses to their wardrobe. At the same time, women are now able to mix and match western wear with their traditional attire with great confidence

 

Source: https://lgs.edu.pk/

The use of bold and multi-colors is a hallmark of Punjabi style. Bright colors such as magenta, sky blue and bright yellow are the majority chosen along with the use of stylish and studded jewelry is popular, earrings and bangles are used to complete the look.

All in all, Ladies fashion in Punjab shows a beautiful blend of traditional and modern culture, which showcases their strong traditional roots and modern fashion sense, where designer blends old traditional fashion with new modern fashion. Designers are able to express this combination in a very unique and beautiful way, e.g if you visit this link, you can go through a large showcase of unstitched ladies suits.

Sindh: Sindhi people, whether men or women, predominantly use Shalwar Kameez, Kameez, and Pyjama in their dressing. While women in Sindh also wear Saris and Ghagras, Sindhi people have their own traditional attire before adopting Shalwar Kameez, Kurtas, Sarees, and other garments.Source:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochi_clothing

 

The traditional dress for Sindhi women used to be Lehnga Choli and a long veil (Niqab). Gradually, the trend shifted towards wearing open Shalwars, replacing Cholis with longer tops (Suthan). In men’s fashion, Sindhi Dhotis or Lungis were replaced by Shalwar and Pajama. Ajrak, a famous fabric in Sindh, has seen a decrease in popularity, but people from Sindh still use and appreciate it. Ajrak is particularly famous because it originated in Sindh.

Sindhi people are indeed blending their traditional fashion with modern styles quite creatively. Ajrak, for instance, is used as a printed fabric in various ways. For instance, women incorporate Ajrak prints into long shirts, frocks, and regular shirts, while men use Ajrak in blazers, waistcoats, and outerwear. This fusion of traditional Ajrak with contemporary clothing adds a unique touch to their fashion choices.

 

One reason for the preference for comfortable and lightweight fabrics and not embroidered dress material in Sindh is the hot climate. The warm weather encourages the use of thinner and more breathable fabrics, allowing people to stay comfortable in their attire while still showcasing their cultural heritage through Ajrak patterns.

Balochistan: The clothing of the Baloch people consists of various styles of kameez and shalwar, turban, shoes and head scarfs.

 

Men’s Balochi suit

The men’s shalwar kameez consists of a very baggy shalwar trouser which uses large lengths of cloth. The kameez is also loose, which traditionally is long with long sleeves The Balochi shalwar kameez is similar to the styles by Pashtuns. The present Balochi shalwar kameez replaced the earlier version which consisted of a robe to the ankles and a shalwar using cloth of up to 40 yards.Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balochi_clothing

Women’s Balochi suit

The female Balochi suit consists of the head scarf, long dress and a shalwar. Balochi women wear loose dresses which are embroidered in local designs which include Balochi silk-thread chain-stitch embroidery. Balochi embroidery alone has 118 different basic designs.

 

Mahtab Norouzi was an Iranian Baluchi master artisan, she was known for her textiles and women’s clothing .

 

KPK: The traditional clothing worn in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa varies according to the area of the region. The following outfits are generally worn in the area.

Khat partugSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Pakhtunkhwa_clothing

The traditional clothing for the lower region is the khat partug which is a shalwar kameez combination and is worn by men and women. The khat (also called khattaki or in Marwat Pashtu, kamis is the shirt which fits closely to the body to the waist and then flares out, either to the knees, or in the case of women, to the ankles. The khat worn by women can be elaborately embroidered at the neck with needle work.

 

Firaq partug

Perahan tunban/Partoog Kameez

ChogaSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khyber_Pakhtunkhwa_clothing

Upper regions/Kalash

 

“Pakistani Style: A Cherished and Alluring Tradition

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