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This article pertains to the garment. For information on the tribe, see Sherwani (tribe).
Sherwani (Urdu: شیروانی, Hindi: शेरवानी) is a long coat-like garment worn in South Asia, very similar to an Achkan or doublet. It is worn over the Kurta and Churidar, Khara pajama, a salwar. It can be distinguished from the achkan by the fact that it is often made from heavier suiting fabrics, and by the presence of a lining.


The Sherwani originated in British India during the 18th century, as a fusion of the Indo-Persian chapkan and chogha with the British frock coat. It was gradually adopted by the native Indian aristocracy, and later by the general population, as a more westernized form of traditional attire.
Sherwani was the dress of choice of the Nizam of Hyderabad State and the Nobles. It signified dignity and etiquette of the nobility.
It is the national dress of Pakistan for men, as it is not specifically associated with any of the provinces. In India, it is generally worn for formal occasions in winter by those of North Indian descent, especially those from Uttar Pradesh. Most government officials in South Asia wear the formal black Sherwani on state occasions, which in India is closely associated with the nation's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
Many South Asian grooms wear them at their weddings.
Also in Pakistan, Sherwanis for women are becoming popular.
Sherwanis are usually embroidered or detailed in some way.


This Sherwani coat fits close to the body, fastened in the front with buttons, and extends to slightly below knee-length.


sherwani in Hungarian: Sherwani
sherwani in Hindi: शेरवानी

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