As a chiefly rural and nomadic population, the Pashtun dress of Afghanistan and Pakistan is typically made from light linens, and are loose fitting for ease of movement. The Pashtun dress includes local forms of the shalwar kameez, which are differently made for males and females.
The traditional male dress includes the Khet partug and Perahan wa tunban. Males usually wear kufi, Peshawari cap, turban, sindhi cap or pakul as traditional headgear. Leaders sometimes wear a karakul hat, like President Hamid Karzai and former monarchs of Afghanistan.
The traditional female dress is the firaq and partoog/shalwar. Women typically wear solid-coloured trousers, a long qemis shirt with a belt and a cotton hijab. Often they will wear an encompassing burqa over this outfit. However the practice has been diminished in northern areas, especially in Kabul, since this practice was part of the Taliban treatment of women during the Taliban years of Afghanistan, but is self-enforced by some southern area women as a way of protection from the Taliban who regrouped there.
More elaborate and fancier dresses are detailed with gold threading, gold beads, and come in many different colors on silk fabrics. These dresses are usually worn to special occasions and weddings.
Gallery Khet partug
Gallery Firaq partug
- Peshawari chappal, a type of Pashtun footwear mostly worn in the Peshawar region
- Pashtun culture
- Shalwar Kameez
- Khet partug
- Peshawari Pagri
- Perahan tunban
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