Pheran the King of winter garments in Kashmir

With the changing lifestyle of people across the globe, Koshur Pheran (traditional attire) is still considered the king of winter dresses and has got a special place in the lives of people in the Valley. The unisex garment has long been part of the valley’s traditional wear and is associated with the Kashmiri identity like Kanger and Wazwaan. Its history is as old as Kashmiri civilization, but its design has seen minor changes over the past several decades. As per historians, the traditional Pheran extends to the feet, which was…

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Harissa, Kangri, and Pheran; This is winter in Kashmir

At 7.30 am on a snowy December day, Peer Murtaza and two friends join the crowd at Dilshad Restaurant to relish a plate of harisa, a traditional Kashmiri winter breakfast dish. Most tables are taken but the trio find some space, squeeze in and order three plates of the thick meat stew. Kashmir’s long chill stretches from the onset of autumn in September all the way to April, and at their lowest, temperatures can dip to minus 4 degrees Celsius. Every morning during these months, the Dilshad Restaurant — a…

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‘Pheran’ the traditional gown with new designs in great demand during winters in Kashmir

With newer designs, ‘Pheran’, the traditional knee-length robe that is part of the unique identity of Kashmiri culture continues to be in great demand, especially during bone-chilling winters. Despite the availability of many modern and stylish clothes in the market, these pherans are most in demand during the 40 day period ‘Chillai Kalan’, which is known to be the coldest period of Kashmir winter. Kashmiris have been using woolen fabric to stitch up pherans but newer designs using Chinese and Korean fabrics are available in local markets especially in Srinagar.…

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