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Sindhi dress and Sindhi culture are liked throughout the world for their elegant design and beautiful colours. Sindhi women wear the Shalwar kameez or the sari, and the men wear the shalwar kameez or the kurta with pajama. However, before the adoption of the Shalwar kameez, the sari, and the kurta, Sindhi’s had their traditional costumes.

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Background of Sindhi Dress

Before Eighteen Fourties, men wore the lungi or the traditional Sindhi shalwar/suthan and women the lungi or the classic Sindhi shalwar/suthan. Thereafter into the 1930s, girls began to wear the suthan and Sindhi cholo, which was that the typical apparel for all women of Sindh.

The traditional dress of the Sindhi male was dhoti, jamo (top), and achi (white) pagri. The old Sindhi dress can nevertheless be seen on men and women today.

 Female Sindhi Dress

  • Classical Sindhi Lengha and Choli

 Prior to the advent of the suthan and Sindhi cholo, the traditional Sindhi female attire was lengha (jablo) choli that’s still worn by women in various parts of Sindh. Girls from the Thakparkar district wear a ghagra, a heavier version of this lehnga, using a fitted or loose choli, or a kancera, an entirely backless blouse, held by small-cap sleeves and strings.

Another top garment is that the gaji (pullover top ) that is worn at the mountain areas of Sindh. The neck of this gaji is cut, and around on one side, using a slit opening. Unmarried women wear the opening into the back and married ladies.

The original outfit doesn’t call for a woman to wear a suthan underneath the lengha, and upward. Till the 1840s, the skirt was worn by itself. Accordingly, the suthan for girls is a relatively late adoption. In parts of Sindh, the skirt is worn with no suthan.

  • Modern Suthan (chareno)

 From the 1930s, that the suthan, similar to the shalwar became The traditional lower garment worn by girls in Sindh. The Sindhi suthan, also called chareno, is identical to the Punjabi suthan of the Punjab area, is heavily pleated, voluminous on the thighs, slightly narrowed on the knees, gathered in at the instep and pleated into the ankles.

  • Cholo

 The Sindhi suthan was traditionally accompanied by the Sindhi cholo (boddice) and paro (petticoat/ghagra). Still, today is worn out with a cholo (kameez) just that’s loose-fitting, and can be made in a variety of ways, including the traditional procedure of this opening at front to the waist, with wide sleeves. The traditional cholo can reach down into the ankles.

 Male Sindhi Dress

  • Sindhi Kanch or Sindhi Shalwar

Sindhi drawers are the shalwar, style adopted from Arab countries like Iraq, and neighbouring countries. The Sindhi shalwar, also called kanch, can be described as broad Pantaloons that don’t begin to gather at the knees as does the contemporary Sindhi suthan, and are broad at the ankles. The traditional Sindhi shalwar Is similar to the Gujarati kafni, however, the Sindhi shalwar is plaited at the waist. Both garments are loose down to the ankles, where they are gathered. Both garments have the same origins in the pantaloons of Iraq that are still worn with the Kurds.