Afghan Islamic Clothing and Culture

Mainstream western symbolism of the Middle East doesn’t propose much assortment in customary dress, however there is something else entirely to it than you may might suspect.

Indeed, even the individuals who don’t have much foundation in Afghani/Muslim culture most likely know the burqa, at any rate by sight. One precept of Islaam is that men and ladies both must dress conservatively out in the open. Ladies wear the burqa, a piece of clothing for the most part made of silk or polyester, which covers their bodies go to toe, leaving a little opening for the eyes, which can even be gotten. It is most generally a straightforward article of clothing, blue or dark in shading, yet can some of the time be found in various hues with beautifying beading or weaving, contingent upon its planned event.


On the inverse end of the range is the Pashtun style dress, from the southern district of Afghanistan. It is less moderate than the burqa, particularly in more current adaptations. This kind of article of clothing is produced using silk, velvet, cotton, or rayon. The dress can fall anyplace from lower leg length to thigh length and the sleeves are typically amongst elbow and wrist length. The bodice is fitted and the skirt and sleeves augment out into chime shapes. The dresses are constantly produced using splendidly shaded, differentiating textures and enhanced in silver or brilliant string. They are worn with jeans underneath, ornamental headscarves embellished with overlaid string and possibly silver coins, and silver gems.


Some place in the middle of these two styles of dress is the shalwar kameez. Shalwar is the name for the jeans and kameez for the dress-like shirt which are worn together. The kameez is typically a long, straight shirt which can achieve the distance down to underneath the knees or rest around the hips. Shalwar can be freely fitting or a tiny bit more cozy, yet for the most part won’t be as tight as stockings. This can be worn by men or ladies, however it is more typical for ladies, and can be plain or exceptionally enlivening and bright, contingent upon the event. The ladies’ shalwar kameez is typically matched with a designed headscarf called a dupatta, which is a less moderate response to the burqa’s total scope.

While both men and ladies can be seen wearing the shalwar kameez, there are sexual orientation particular pieces of clothing for men also. The chapan is an exceptionally prominent piece of clothing. It is a long coat-like bit of apparel, typically produced using silk or cotton, which arrives in an assortment of splendid hues and plans. They are frequently striped with at least 2 brilliant hues.

Another men’s piece of clothing, the kurta, is more basic and lightweight. It is a long, free, collarless shirt like the kameez of the shalwar kameez. The rectangular formed piece of clothing has little openings up the sides to permit opportunity of development. Silk and material are prevalent texture decisions for the kurta. They can be found in plain, straightforward hues for regular wear, or more ornamental and showy plans for extraordinary events.

At long last, the two sorts of warm caps. In the first place the pakol or pakul, a woolen cap produced using camel or sheep’s fleece which is worn by both men and ladies. It comes in the state of a sack with an adjusted top, then it is moved up to shape a kind of overflow, and winds up looking something similar to a French beret. It is frequently found in unbiased hues, for example, cocoa, green, dark, or dark. The other is the karakul cap, which is an Afghani image, and is constantly worn by the president. This cap is a men-particular cap. It is produced using a unique sort of sheep’s fleece which originates from embryos or recently conceived karakul sheep.

The many structures and assortments of customary Afghan dress can in any case be seen all over Afghanistan and the Middle East, and have even been embraced into the western design world as a tribute to their novel excellence and capacity.