Gatha Apparels - Style and Design - Fashion Glossary

A

Achkan
Achkan is a long jacket worn in South Asia, and together with the Sherwani, is traditionally associated with the Northern Indian, and especially with the Muslim aristocracy. The achkan originated in Indian Subcontinent and was court dress of nobles of the royals of India, before being more generally adopted in the late eighteenth century.

C

Churidar
Churidars, or more properly churidar pyjamas, are tightly fitting trousers worn by both men and women in South Asia and Central Asia. They are similar to skinny jeans but are made of fabric other than denim.

D

Dhoti
It is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around 7 yards long, wrapped around the waist and the legs, and knotted at the waist.The dhoti is considered formal wear all over the country. Apart from all government and traditional family functions, the dhoti is also considered acceptable at country clubs and at other establishments that enforce strict formal dress codes.

E

Embroidery Shisha
Shisha embroidery, or mirror-work, is a type of embroidery which attaches small pieces of mirrors reflective metal to fabric. The term "shisha" means glass in Persian, from where the word transferred to Urdu/Hindi and other related languages. Shisha embroidery was brought to India by the Moghuls and is now most common on the Indian subcontinent

G

Gatha
Gatha is a type of metered and often rhythmic poetic verse or a phrase in the ancient Indian languages of Prakrit and Sanskrit. The word is originally derived from the Sanskrit/Prakrit root gai , which means, to speak, sing, recite or extol. Hence gatha can mean either speech, verse or a song.

J

Jodhpuri
A Jodhpuri Suit is blend of Indian and western taste. Also known as prince suit, it is a western suit like product, with a coat and a trouser, at times accompanied by a vest. It brings together the western cut with Indian Hand Embroidery escorted by the very famous Nehru Collar.
Jutti
The jutti is a traditional Indian shoe especially of Punjabi origin. Elsewhere, similar Indian shoes are called khussa or mojri. They are usually made of fine leather and are delicately embroidered with threads or beads.

K

Kurta
A kurta is a traditional item of clothing worn in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. It is a loose shirt falling either just above or somewhere below the knees of the wearer, and is worn by both men and women.
Kilangi
To give the bridegroom a very special & royal looks a Kilangi is worn on the turban of the bridegroom.
A golden broach studded with colored stones are fitted in this kilangi.

P

Pagri
Pagri or Pagadi is the Devanagari term for a turban within India. It specifically refers to a headdress that is worn by men and needs to be manually tied. In several regional dialects it is often shortened to Pag.
Pajamas
The original pajamas are loose, lightweight trousers fitted with drawstring waistbands and worn in South and West Asia by both sexes.

S

Sherwani
Sherwani is a long coat-like garment worn in South Asia, very similar to an Achkan or doublet, and is traditionally associated with the Northern Indian, and especially with the Muslim aristocracy.
Salwar Kameez
Salwar kameez (also spelt shalwar kameez or shalwar qameez), is the dress worn by both women and men in northern South Asia and Central Asia. It is a unisex dress similar in manner to shirt and pants worn by both women and men in the west.

Z

Zardosi
Zardozi work is a type of embroidery in India and Pakistan. This style of embroidery has been in existence in India from the time of the Rig Veda. The name zardozi is from Persian and means "sewing with gold".
Zari
Zari (or Jari as traditionally called) is basically a tinsel thread meant for weaving and embroidery. It is manufactured by winding or wrapping (covering) a flattened metallic strip made from pure gold, silver or slitted metallised polyester film