Sherwani (coat) of a young boy
The city of Benares is famous as a brocade-weaving centre since ancient times.Even today the best brocades are made here.To make a brocaded textile the designs are first made on paper and then transferred onto a smaller loom by nakshabanda, after which the weaver weaves the textile.The cloth is woven its reverse side on the loom and placing a mirror below it.This ensures the weavers that they are following the right design.
This sherwani was presumably made for some special occassion. Sherwani was one of the most popular male costumes since mediaval times.It is still favoured at the time of weddings and other special occassions.This style of well-fitted long coat is derived from loose and flared jamas.
Textiles and Costumes of India
Silk with Brocade
Early 20th Century CE