Pashtun dress

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Clothing worn by most Pashtun males in Afghanistan and Pakistan.{Perahan tunban)

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.

Male clothing[edit]

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.

Female dress[edit]

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.[1] 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.

Many of the co-ethnic groups who live alongside the Pasthuns in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran have also adopted the dress because of comfort or popular culture.

Gallery Khet partug[edit]

Gallery Firaq partug[edit]

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