I predominantly wear Florentine clothing. However a Middle Eastern event popped up locally and dressing in theme is always fun. I have a couple of Turkish coats but not much else.

As I was browsing through an op shop I found a costume that looked “period enough” in a tunic and pants way.

I was very interested in the originality of the costume and the historical back ground behind it.

After a bit of research I found that the costume I had purchased was a modern Punjabi costume, worn often by people from Pakistan and India.

The clothing originated in the Mughal Empire in the early 16th century. The Mughal Empire was a Persian empire extending over large parts of the Indian subcontinent and ruled by a dynasty of Chagatai-Turkic origin.

I’ve ordered some books to do further research and hope to update here with lots of images when done.

Kilgallon,Conor. India and Sri Lanka (Cultures and Costumes: Symbols of Their Period)
Bhandari, Vandana. Costumes, Textiles & Jewellery of India
Paine, Sheila.  Embroidery from India and Pakistan
Elgin, Kathy. Costume around the World India
Eraly, Abraham (2004). The Mughal Throne (paperback) (First ed.). London: Phoenix. pp. 555 pages. ISBN 978-0-7538-1758-2.
Boroian, Michael and de Poix, Alix .India by Design: The Pursuit of Luxury and Fashion
Berinstain,Valerie. India and the Mughal dynasty
Kahlenberg, Mary Hunt. Asian Costumes and Textiles: From the Bosphorus to Fujiama
Anawalt, Patricia Rieff. The worldwide history of dress
Kennett, Frances. Ethnic Dress
Wilcox, Ruth Turner. The dictionary of costume
Wilcox, Ruth Turner. The mode in costume.
Dhamija, Jasleen. The woven silks of India
Sarkar, Jadunath (1997). Fall of the Mughal Empire. (4th ed. ed.). Orient Longman. ISBN 9788125011491.
Steele, Valerie. Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion
Schimmel, Annemarie & Burzine K. Waghmar. The Great Empire of the Mughals: History, Art and Culture, London: Reaktion Books (2004).
Schimmel, Annemarie (1963). Gabriel’s Wing: A Study Into the Religious Ideas of Sir Muhammad Iqbal. Brill Archive. p. 9.
Shukla, Pravin.The Grace of Four Moons: Dress, Adornment, and the Art of the Body in Modern India
Hansen, Waldemar (1972). The Peacock throne : The Drama of Mogul India. (1. Indian ed., repr. ed.). Motilal Banarsidass. p. 121. ISBN 9788120802254.
Edwardes, S. M.; Garrett, H. L. O. (1995). Mughal Rule in India. Atlantic Publishers and Distributors. p. 96. ISBN 9788171565511.
Bernier, Francois (1996). Travels in the Mogul Empire. Asian Educational Services. p. 103. ISBN 8120611691.
The Diwan of Zeb-un-Nisa: The First Fifty Ghazals, Translation by Magan Lal and Jessie Duncan Westbrook. John Murray, London, 1913.[19] Packard Institute
Annie Krieger-Krynicki (2005). Captive Princess: Zebunissa, Daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195798371.
Humayun-Nama : The History of Humayun by Gulbadan Begum, Tr. by Annette S. Beveridge (1902). New Delhi, Goodword, 2001. ISBN 81-87570-99-7.E-book at Packard Institute Excerpts at Columbia Univ.