Paranja is a traditional Central Asianrobe of women and girls, that covered the head and body. It is also known as burqa in other languages. It is similar in basic style and function to other regional styles such as the Afghan chadari.
The part that covered the face, known as the chachvan, was heavy in weight and made from horsehair. It was especially prevalent among urban Uzbeks and Tajiks.
The October Revolution encouraged a liberation of women, and sought to discourage or ban the veil, as well as the paranja.