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Introduction of Pheran

This traditional dress of Kashmir is a full length gown which is mostly worn during winter and is popular form of dressing amongst both men and women.

Kashmir is a place that doesn’t need any introduction. The state is a rich, cultural heritage with an abundance of art, religion, crafts, music and attire. The deep rooted traditional values of the state give us the glimpse of their fondness for food, music, culture and attire. The clothing of the Kashmir is the expression of its unique social cultural ethos of the state.

“Pherans” is the Kashmiri attire that is the most enduring look of the Kashmiri culture. It is the customary attire of the place that expresses the craftsmanship and tradition of the local artists.

For years, the residents of Kashmir old and young, women and men have worn this Pherans – it is a long robe that protects the residents of the Kashmir from the harsh climate. Pheran is the combination of a loose fitting overcoat and a gown that is usually worn during the chilly winters. The fabric is entirely designed out of a wool material and after when it is stitched; it is embroidered with different floral patterns that have been forwarded from one generation to another.


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Origin and History

As per the archaeological evidence that was found, it is believed that there are specific historical facts that indicate the usage of woolen cloaks, leather accessories and the attires that bear the resemblance to Pherans. The inspiration to make a dress was to make clothing that is ideal for Kashmiri chilly weather.

The most unique concept imbibed in this Pherans is that it is worn by both men and women. However, women’s Pheran are honed with exquisite colorful embroidery whereas for men, it is kept simple.


Style Varieties

This beautiful Kashmiri Pherans comprises of 2 robes placed on top of another. These robes are normally embellished with beautiful floral embroidery that gives a rich, elegant look to the wearer.

The Pherans worn by the Muslim women are narrow sleeves and tailored to the knee length while the one worn by Hindu Kashmiri women are ankle length fit. Goat or Yak skin is used as the layering inside the attire to keep the chills at bay.

Initially, these Pherans were designed in several vibrant colors like blue, yellow, green, orange and red. With the change in fashion there were more colors used with different combination and styling to give a new wearing variation to the residents of Kashmir.


Global Appealing Attire

For over several years, Kashmiri styles and fabrics have been in great demand and it still continues to be in vogue. The attire especially the Pherans are popular across the globe since it has been widely exhibited through Indian cinemas. Travelers who visit the state make sure to buy one, or get a picture wearing the same since it is a Kashmiri charm that one can practically feel wearing it.


Kashmiri Accessories to Wear with Pherans

“Kasaba” is ultimate silver head gear accessory that give a real boost to the Pherans attire. It is stitched as a turban fashion and pinned around the head with silver trinkets that are round in shape. Apart from this, there are several differing kinds of silver jewelry worn by the women to enhance the beauty of their outfit such as anklets, earrings, bangles, necklaces etc.


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