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A Traditional Kashmiri Dress Pheran

The idea is to promote my culture of passing heirlooms to a girl after her marriage and how this dress is still fashionable in today's time

Traditional Kashmiri Dress

Traditional Kashmiri Dress

Traditional clothes show the culture of a nation or country. The story behind a dress that was owned by a great grandmother often has emotional sentiments. However, when passing along the heirlooms, perhaps the most challenging aspect is separating the sentimental value from the resale value.

This traditional dress represents the identity of Kashmir, an impression of their traditions and culture. From rituals to decor to food, Kashmiris take pride in their traditions. Starting from elaborate pre-wedding functions from customary post-wedding rituals, Kashmiri weddings are spaced through several days.

The dress shown in the image is a Kashmiri pheran is a passed heirloom an A-line dress with churidaar pajama and chiffon crushed dupatta.The calves’ length dress is bottle green in color with pink being an accent color has been decorated with hand-embellished gold metallic sucha gota.The dress is 30 years old but still retains the luxurious sheen of silk and the gota still shines as new. The cutline and embellishment reflect the trend of that time but still, in today’s time, it is considered as a fashionable product to wear. Fashion in that era mainly consisted of long pishwaas, pheran, Shalwar kameez, Patiala shalwar.


Neckline

Neckline

Back side

Back side

Hemline

Hemline

Sleeve

Sleeve

The dress consists of two fabrics that are contrasting in colors. Both of the fabrics that have been used in this dress are woven. The weave type that has been used to weave the fabrics are satin weave. The main fabric of pheran is green silk which has been used for both the back and front sides. The other fabric is pink silk that has been used as an accent color for embellished purposes. The dress has been heavily embellished from certain specific areas that is neckline, hemline and sleeves end. The star-shaped gotas has been hand-stitched in a straight row on pink fabric. Various types of gota patti have been used to make the borders. The type of gota that has been used in this dress is called sucha gota i.e. it is made from pure gold and silk thread that’s why it doesn’t get black or deforms its use

The Kashmir traditional costumes have been made with cotton, silk, and wool and the dresses designed with embroideries. This particular dress has been made with the popular craft of Kashmir, the gota is hand-stitched that shows the hard work of countless hours. The design elements that have been used in the dress are still popular in today’s culture as many fashion designers showcase their collection inspired by gota work.

Furthermore, the cutline of that dress i.e. the A-line wide dress with closed side seams is still considered unique which can be incorporated in today’s time fashion. The color used in the dress represents the colorful culture of Kashmir.


Kashmiri Tradition

The particular dress is the identity of never-ending Kashmiri tradition. The culture is rich in colors and their crafts, and one can feel the dedication and hard work that has been put to make this dress. The Pheran is worn by Kashmiri women and is a large gown and ensures no body part is emphasized. A Hindu woman’s Pheran could touch her feet whereas a Muslim woman’s Pheran is knee-length, loose, and embroidered in front and on the edges. The dress is considered as an antique piece, the embellishment is mainly done with the hand that shows a personal link of craftsmen with every stitch he has done.

The dress is one of a kind and has the quality to speak volumes. In this era of fast fashion where garments are disposed of after every latest garment, this garment still stands out. If you compare the quality of this dress with today’s dress the stitching quality and the embellishment work of show its worth. The dress has not lost its luster, its shape so it can keep up with the latest fashion. Being a traditional garment that has been passed to my mother linked them together which shows the importance of rituals and culture.


Present time

In today's time it can be styled up with different pairs of garments to make it more stylish. Originally, the dress has been paired up with pink churidaar pajama being a contrasting color. The pheran can be paired up with contrasting lehenga and also it would look with wide trousers. Many garments evolve with the latest trends through time but some things are timeless and that dress is one of that kind. Over time, Kashmiri women have evolved in their dressing style. Despite modern forms of clothing becoming popular, the Pheran remains the much-loved traditional attire.