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Former President Hamid Karzai, Afghanistan, wearing a chapan and karakul

Chapan (Persian: چپان; either from Persian Chapān which means old, threadbare and run-down costume or Chagatai chāpān itself from Persian Jobbe, from Arabic Jubba which means wrapper, cloak, coat, outer garment) is a coat worn over clothes, usually during the cold winter months. Usually worn by men, these coats are adorned with intricate threading and come in a variety of colors and patterns. It is worn in Central Asia, including Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan,[1] Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.[2] A chapan cape was often worn by former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

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  1. ^ "Greatest Embroidery Time | PK".
  2. ^ Van Buren, Jessica. "Karzai Robe". Utah State Law Library.