Balochi clothing

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The clothing of the people of Baluchistan, Pakistan consists of various styles of kameez and shalwar, turban, shoes and head scarfs.

Men's Balochi suit[edit]

The men's shalwar kameez consists of a very baggy shalwar[1] which uses large lengths of cloth.[2] The kameez is also loose,[3] which traditionally is long with long sleeves[4] The Balochi shalwar kameez is similar to the styles worn in Afghanistan. The present Balochi shalwar kameez replaced the earlier version which consisted of a robe to the ankles and a shalwar using cloth of up to 40 yards.

Women's Balochi Suit[edit]

The female Balochi suit consists of the head scarf, long dress and a shalwar. Balochi women wear loose dresses which are embroidered in local designs which include Balochi silk-thread chain-stitch embroidery.[5] Balochi embroidery alone has 118 different basic designs.[6]


Men traditionally wear various styles of the turban known as the pagri.[7]

Balochi shoes[edit]

Balochi bags[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Postans, Thomas (1843) Personal Observations on Sindh: The Manners and Customs of Its Inhabitants; and Its Productive Capabilities [1]
  2. ^ Baloch Culture.Net
  3. ^ Nadiem, Ihsan. H. [(2007) Balochistan: land, history, people [2]
  4. ^ [3] but now can also be knee length.
  5. ^ Peter J. Claus, Sarah Diamond, Margaret Ann Mills (2003) South Asian Folklore: An Encyclopedia : Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka [4]
  6. ^ Pakistan Year Book, Volume 20 (1992)
  7. ^ Balochistan Through the Ages: Tribes (1979)