Treasured most during the bone-chilling winters, Kashmir's traditional knee-length robe called 'phiran' is adding colour to the season's fashion.
This apparel, with new designs, is retaining its charm among the people in the Valley as it scores over the modern winter costumes due to its ease and warmth. Kashmiri women wear embroidered phiran with wide sleeves, while for men, the dress is plain with narrow sleeves and open collar.
Despite an array of attractive modern outfits available in the market, the people of the Valley still prefer the good old 'phiran' to beat the winter cold. In recent times, phirans have undergone some drastic changes. New designs and embroideries have been incorporated.
The dress provides comfort to the people during winters as it facilitates the use of 'Kangri', a traditional portable earthen fire pot, for the warmth.