A Jodhpuri suit (Hindi: जोधपुरी सूट) is a formal evening suit from India as a western style sartorial attire. It originated in the Jodhpur State as a formal attire of the Rajput nobility in the synthesis of the Persian style Jama and the British cavalry riding coatee that was popularized during the British Raj in India. Also known as Jodhpuri Suit, it is a western style suit 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 Waist coat. It is suitable for occasions such as weddings and formal gatherings.
The material can be silk or any other suiting material. Normally, the material is lined at the collar and at the buttons with embroidery. This can be plain, jacquard or jamewari material. Normally, the trousers match that of the coat. There is also a trend now to wear contrasting trousers to match the coat colour.
Angarkha is considered the predecessor of the Bandhgala. An angrakha was a traditional court outfit in ancient and medieval India, specially worn by the Mogul nobility so that a person could wrap comfortably around himself, offering flexible ease with the knots and ties. The Angarkha was in fact a protection coat made of metal or leather during battles worn by a high ranking officer in the Mogul court. The Angarkha was modified to a closed collar coat and popularised as Bandhgala that emerged as a confluence between an Angarakha and the structured British uniform jackets, during the British Raj. The Bandhgala quickly became a popular formal and semi-formal uniform across Rajasthan and eventually throughout India in wedding ceremonies. A Bandgala is considered a product of interpretation of Indo-Western sartorial style.
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