Sharara


Sharara

The Sharara is a three-piece outfit with flared pants for lowers, with a join at or below the knee level, generally worn to weddings. The skirt-like outline below the knee is heavily flared ( also called the trumpet skirt) and resembles the shape of an umbrella. The Sharara is of floor-sweeping length ( farshi) and is teamed with a Kurti and one or two Dupattas, the other outfits of the three-piece attire. When worn with two Dupattas, one is used to drape the shoulders while the second one is used as a veil.

Sharara suits are one of the traditional dresses that have been since long prevalent in countries like Pakistan and India. The dress design has been inspired from Mughal Empire, to keep women connected with its culture. These stylish sharara suits are the best dressing options which can be worn on formal occasions like wedding or other parties. The various kinds of sharara suits are available in the market out of which we have brought forth some to give you an idea about different suit designs. 


Background

The origins of the attire are said to come from the design aesthetics of Mughal royalties. Sharara gained recognition in India with the arrival of Mughals in India. A common attire of women belonging to the royal classes during the period of the Mughal rule, the Sharara has since become popular amongst Pakistani and Muslim women across the globe. Bollywood movies in the 1970’s and 80’s also contributed to the increasing popularity of the outfit in India.


Evolution

With time, Sharara has been experimented with to come up with contemporary versions of the outfit. One such innovation is the ‘Sharara Suit’, which has a smaller girth in the flares, thus making the outfit resemble the Pakistani ‘Shalwar Kameez’. The Sharara Suit is better suited to be worn to less formal occasions.

The ensemble is usually finely embellished with zari, stone-work, sequins and beads, besides other embellishments. The Sharara is often compared with ‘Gharara’, an outfit strongly resembling the former. The key distinguishing trait between the two is that the ‘Gharara’ flared pants are joined above the knee. It is a floor sweeping outfit with long flares carried with an embellished dupatta.


Occasion

Sharara is generally worn to ceremonial occasions, especially weddings, particularly by Muslim brides. However, many North Indian brides have started opting for Sharara for their wedding attire, to experiment with their bridal couture. The outfit is often worn to parties as well. However, unlike the Saree and Salwar Kameez, it is not considered a daily-wear outfit.


Stitching and Preparation

The intricate stitching of a Sharara takes about a minimum of ten days depending on factors like the fabric, embellishments. Hand-stitched, hand-woven Shararas end up taking longer owing to the detailing that goes into it.


Present Day Scenario

The Pakistani Sharara is worn with short Kurtas which are generally hip-lengthed. Sometimes, the length of kurtas could be longer, ending at or below the knee. However,  the Indian rendition of the Sharara undergone changes and been molded according to traditional & regional influences in India. For instance, in India, Sharara is popularly worn with choli as well. Both the Lehenga Choli and Sharara are accompanied by Dupatta/ Chunnis.

Designers are coming up with new cuts and twists to the attire. With the Sharara having found its place in fashion lovers across the globe; it has marked its own niche which seems to get stronger with the passage of time.