Clothing is an “identification” tool that functions in determining the symbolic boundaries between people in a cultural sense. The national dress of Pakistan is Shalwar Kamees which is worn by females in all the provinces with slight modifications. Shalwar is like a loose pant which gave a traditional look. The national dress is also mandatory in uniform of differentGovt Offices. The traditional dresses of Pakistan of different traditional people like Pashtun, Baluchi, Sindhi, Punjabi and Kashmiri vary from province to province. The people of four provinces have their own style of wearing Shalwar and Kamees. The most familiar are Punjabi Shalwar Kamees, Baluchi Shalwar Kamees, Pashtun Shalwar Kamees and Sindhi Shalwar Kamees.

Sherwani is considering as the best outfit for special events or in a marriage ceremony. It is a long coat upto knees. After the independence of Pakisan, Founder of Pakistan Quaid e Azam usually wore Sherwani. Following Jinnah, nowadays Government representatives in Pakistan like leaders, ministers or Prime minister started to wear black kurta presenting the look of Sherwani, with Shalwar Kamees for State trips and events. General Muhammad Zia Ul Haq made it compulsory to wear Sherwani at state occasions and on national days. Sherwani was the national dress of Pakistan till 1973 when Shalwar Kamees is revealed as a national dress However we take three of the as national dress of Pakistan.

Pathans wear simple shalwar kamees, with Peshawari Chappal as footwear. Men wear traditional cap like Pakol made of wool which is found in a variety of earthy colours.

Punjabi wear a shirt lied on knees and a scarf over it. Ladieswear traditional cut Punjabi Shalwar, Pothohari Shalwar, Multani Shalwar, Dhoti Shalwar, Bahawalpuri Shalwar, Tuple Shalwar, Laacha Gogra, Kurta Sharara and Lehengas. People living in South Punjab, Saraikistan prefer the Saraiki cap known as Saraiki Topi or Rumelli as well in their traditional language. It is mostly cyan or blue. People use it with sajarak. Sajak is a unique form of Saraiki ajrak. On the 6th of march, Saraiki Cultural day is celebrated in which they mostly wear their traditional apparel.

Punjabi wear a shirt lied on knees and a scarf over it. Ladieswear traditional cut Punjabi Shalwar, Pothohari Shalwar, Multani Shalwar, Dhoti Shalwar, Bahawalpuri Shalwar, Tuple Shalwar, Laacha Gogra, Kurta Sharara and Lehengas. People living in South Punjab, Saraikistan prefer the Saraiki cap known as Saraiki Topi or Rumelli as well in their traditional language. It is mostly cyan or blue. People use it with sajarak. Sajak is a unique form of Saraiki ajrak. On the 6th of march, Saraiki Cultural day is celebrated in which they mostly wear their traditional apparel.

Sindhi wear a variety of Shalwars like Suntan and a version of shirt namely Chola. Other tradition like Sindhi caps also known as Bughti and stunning styles of Ajrak which is designed by their local citizen, having unique designs and patterns using block printing by stamps. However, ladies wear Lehenga, Gharara is known as goji. Their traditional handicrafted  footwear popularly known as Mojari made from leather having textile embroidery with cotton thread bonding from the upper to the sole. It is not only comfortable but leather fibre provides them strength as well.

Baluchi’s have kept up with their conventional apparel till the current day. In today’s event, if you investigate about their history, you won’t discover any distinction in Balochi Pakistani dresses of today and prior occasions. Baluchistan’s attire consists of a long pyjama which is like a wobbly shalwar, with a long chaddar or a scarf. Baluchi’s culture has different kinds of kurtas, Embroidered Shalwar, Turbans, Pagri of cotton cloth, Footwear, Scarf or Dupatta with the embellishment of mirror work. The classiest thing in their culture is Balochi Chapel which has fans from all over the globe. A long piece of cloth sewed to make it double-width is a Balochi Turban, which is known as Saaluk as well. The people of Baluchistan are famous for it. They celebrate their cultural day on the 2nd of March with full zeal and zest, in which they wear their cultural attires.

 

Mehrin Ruaid
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Silai Kadhai 

 

                                                                     
                                                                                                                                     

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