Sharovary

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Ukrainian Cossacks wearing sharovary

Sharovary (ir. sharavara, pers. شلوار -shalvar) - men's and women's pants are part of the national clothes of some people - are free to hips, often with assembly at the waist, collected at the bottom near the ankles.

History[edit]

Sharovary first appeared in Persia. Persian horsemen adopted such clothing allowing more freedom of movement while riding to make it easier to ride.

Wide trousers in Ukrainian national clothes[edit]

The presence of wide trousers in the territory of Ukraine designed for riding originate with the Scythians, a culture who were later absorbed into Slavic culture. Exposure to similar Turkish modes of dress would have occurred in battle on the steppes of Ukraine. The presence of sharovary in the dress of the Ukrainian Cossacks of Zaporizhia is noted by German Ambassador Epixa Lyasoty in the 16th century. A comprehensive description of Cossack dress is included in the publication of 1651 Description of Ukraine by Polish-enlisted French-born cartographer and military engineer Guillame le Vasseur de Beauplan. It lists the shirts, hats and kaptan of thick cloth that made up the Ukrainian Cossack everyday clothes.

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