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Achkan / Doublet


Though Achkan came into existence during the British Era in the 18th century, it is today one of the most liked Sherwani types. As per the traditions, it has its associations with Northern India, particularly worn by the elite class of the Hindu and Sikh communities. When it originated, it was actually a fusion of two traditional attires - the Indo Persian Chapkan and Chogha with the British frock. Achkan / DoubletBy and by, the native Indian aristocracy began to like and dress themselves in a piece of Achkan. Very soon, even the general population became a lover of this traditional attire which also reflects a western influence in its styling. Worn close to the body, it is liked by a huge population of both the old and the young.

What makes an Achkan different from other styles of Sherwani is its lighter fabric. Finer fabrics make Achkan a wonderful attire to be worn during the summer season. It is light weight and makes you feel uber cool in summer heat. Generally, an Achkan is without lining, has long sleeves and has a coat-like appearance. The knee-length Achkan can been seen in abundance in all the major sherwani showrooms across the country and the world. However, chikan is the original fabric to be used in the preparation of this Sherwani.

Besides chikan fabric, the Achkan is also available in a wide range of fabric including linen, jamawar, Tussore silk and many other cotton materials. It is due to the use of these fine fabrics that the Achkan provides maximum comfort even in summer heat.

The embroidery work on an Achkan also comes in a wide variety. In fact the embroidery work on this Sherwani depends on the fabric used to prepare the Achkan. Therefore, with the variations in fabric, the embroidery work may also vary. For example, if you choose chikan fabric for this Sherwani, the embroidery work will only include Swarovski work, crystal work, stone work and French node work. With other types of fabric, the embroidery can include jardozi work, crystal work, bead work, stone work, Swarovski work and almost all types and categories of handwork.

To enhance the overall look and appeal, the Achkan is worn with a pair of Punjabi jutis and turban. Even the turban features eye-catching design patterns. Mainly the turban features handwork of dabka, stone and bead work.

At Sherwanistore.com, you can look forward to getting a wide range of colours as well as fabrics while you choose to dress yourself in a close fitting Achkan. For design patterns, you can make a choice from a variety of handwork. Right from light and medium to heavy, you can have the embroidery work done on the Achkan as you want. We will customise the Achkan in accordance with your needs and individual preferences to match your comfort level.

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