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

Chapan (چاپان) or (چپان) (from Turkic "chapghan", meaning "sewn together", which is also the same rootword of modern Anatolian and Istanbul Turkish "cepken") 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, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.[1] A chapan cape was often worn by former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

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  1. ^ Van Buren, Jessica. "Karzai Robe". Utah State Law Library.