Sindhi fashion is quite unique and rare in its approach. It is as old as Indus Valley Civilization and Moen-Jo-Daro. Mostly, Sindhi fashion is traditional, classical, and hand-made in its style. It is full of colors, embroidery, hand-crafting, and skills. Both men and women have certain distinctive patterns and styles in their particular fashion approaches. Some of the Sindhi fashions are cultural reflectors while others are modern, changing, and adapting particularly among younger generations.
However, as far as their cultural celebrations are concerned, styles are quite the same for men and women. This blog is mainly written to give an idea about this classical fashion and style. Therefore, after reading this blog, you will have a clear-cut idea about Sindhi fashion which is in trend at the moment. So now let’s read and know about one of the oldest and most classical existing fashion trends in the world.
Sindhi Lahenga Choli/Ghaghra Choli (Long Skirt)
Sindhi Lahenga and Ghaghra Choli which are very similar to long skirts are the traditional fashion styles. For ages (Medieval Ages) these trademarks are part of Sindhi Fashion. With the passage of time, these Lahenga & Ghaghra have been reshaped and restyled. Normally Sindhi Lahenga & Ghaghra are wide open, loose, and up to waist height. However, in modern fashion trends and styles, they are now available in fitting sizes as well.
Sindhi Gajj Choli (Pull-over Skirt)
Sindhi Gajj Choli which you may call a pull-over skirt in English is basically a form of Sindhi hand-made embroidery work. Mostly round cut and small reflective mirrors are embroidered in Sindhi Gajj Choli with thick color threads. Usually, silk-like soft and smooth fabric is used and squared mirror panels are embroidered across it. In modern trends and styles of fashion, Sindhi Gajj Choli has great demand and value.
Sindhi Suthana & Cholo (Bodice & Lower Pant-like Garment)
In Sindhi Fashion, Sindhi Suthana & Cholo are being worn out by both men and women. This bodice along with lower pant-like garments are found common everywhere in all the parts of Sindh. Usually, for men’s necks, round collars are preferred. While women like neck round strips mostly. Usually, chest round hand embroidery is preferred by women but sometimes men can also have such styles.
Sindhi Rao (Large Veil-like Scarf)
Sindhi Rao (large veil-like scarf) wearing is part of Sindhi culture and tradition among women. Sindhi Rao has multiple wearing options. It is mostly worn along with Sindhi Suthana & Cholo to cover the head and shoulders. However, when Sindhi women go out of home for jobs or some work in the market, they wear long and loose Sindhi Rao. It can also have handmade embroidery and other handicraft works.
Sindhi Saggi (Hair Binder)
Sindhi Saggi is used by Sindhi girls and women to bind the thick and long hair. It is a sort of hair bin but in a triangular shape with three distinctive long and thick strips. Hair is knotted and tied in layers with the help of Sindhi Saggi. To make it colorful and attractive looking mirror work with colorful threading is made part of it. However triangular three long strips are made-up black and thick thread. This is done to match the hair color.
Sindhi Paheran (Sindhi Shirt for Men Only)
Sindhi Paheran is quite common in trends and styles among Sindhi men, particularly in Summer Season. Summer mostly remains hot and humid in this part of the world and lasts about five months. As a result of hot weather, men choose this long and loose shirt but without neck round collars. Simple embroidery is also done sometimes on pure cotton and thin fabric.
Sindhi Topi (Sindhi Cap)
Sindhi Topi or Sindhi Cap is the cultural identity of the Sindhi people. Sindhi people wear it very proudly throughout the year. Hence it always remains in trends and styles. During annual cultural day celebrations, women, children, and young girls also wear Sindhi Topi. There are so many different designs and variations found in Sindhi Topi. From simple embroidery to complex mirror work is done on it.
Sindhi Ajrak (Sindhi Shawl)
Like Sindhi Topi, Sindhi Ajrak is also a cultural identity for the people of Sindh. It has mainly red color with round panels however black, blue, yellow and orange colors are also added in it. Sindhi Ajrak passes from different phases as it is mostly handmade and wood-block in printing for ages. Sindhi Ajrak is considered a symbol of Sindhi Fashion & Style in all sorts of garment-related fashion. Shirts, skirts, scarves, and vest coats are made after Sindhi Ajrak’s design. Men, women, children, and old citizens all wear it in every hot and cold season.
Sindhi Khusso (Foot-wear or Shoes)
Sindhi Khusso is also the traditional footwear of the people of Sindh. This particular shoe style remains in trend time and again. Sindhi people love to wear it on different formal and traditional occasions including religious celebrations. Sindhi Khusso is mainly flat and round or curvy in shape. It has no nay laces at all. Men, women, girls, children, and senior citizens wear it, particularly during special events and celebrations.
Sindhi Aaj & Churiyun (Sindhi bangles, Cuffs & Jewelry)
Sindhi Aaj & Churiyun are part of the wearing and jewelry for the women and girls of Sindh. Usually, ivory and silver are used in the making of Sindhi Aaj. While in making the Churiyun, glass, plastics, and some low-cost metals are used. Both of them are found so common that almost every single woman and girl wear them throughout the year. In every single marriage and other celebration, Sindhi Aaj & Churiyun are preferred along with some gold jewelry.
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