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by desiree tresa gasper
Elaborate and intricate: Bawani holding up some of the ‘sherwani’ suits which have been a popular pick this Deepavali.
JOHOR BARU: It is usually the fairer sex who dresses up for Deepavali but this year, the men will be competing with them for attention.
Instead of shying away from elaborate outfits as they normally do, many Indian men are looking for more elegant and colourful designs that will make them stand out in a crowd.
“Most are giving the simple Indian kurta a pass and are grabbing the heavily beaded sherwani instead,” said D. Bawani, 29, a shop attendant at SBV Textiles.
A sherwani is a long coat-like garment which is traditionally worn during Indian weddings by the groom and members of his entourage and is quite a grand outfit.
“Men, especially the younger ones, are buying up all sorts of sherwani this year and many are looking for unique designs or embellishments,” Bawani said.
“I guess they want to look their best.”
Some sherwani can cost up to RM850 each, especially if the bead work is elaborate and plentiful, while a simple one made from brocade material can be bought for RM110.
Bawani said a hot favourite is the raja-style sherwani, which not only has beadwork on the top part of the garment but strings of beads connecting to the pocket, too.
“This design is similar to what was worn by Indian rulers and aristocrats,” she added.
“It is always interesting to see how trends develop from year to year each time Deepavali draws near.
“Another noticeable shift in the fashion taste of Indian men this year is the choice of colours for their Deepavali clothes.
“Previously, they preferred cream, beige, black or brown but now they are more adventurous and are choosing outfits with brighter hues, such as turquoise, red, green and even pink.”
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