Paranja (or Paranji) is a traditional Central Asian robe of women and girls, that covers the head and body. It is also known as burqa in other languages. It is similar in basic style and function to other regional styles such as the Afghan chadari.
Paranji and chachvon were by 1917 common among urban Uzbek women of the southern river basins. Less frequently in the rural areas, but scarcely at all on the nomadic steppe. 
- Northrop, Douglas (2001). "Nationalizing Backwardness: Gender, Empire, and Uzbek Identity". In Suny, Ronald Grigor; Martin, Terry. State of Nations: The Soviet State and Its Peoples. Oxford University Press. pp. 191–220. ISBN 978-1-234-56789-7.
- Northrop, Douglas (2003). Veiled Empire: Gender and Power in Stalinist Central Asia. Cornell University Press. ISBN 978-0801488917.
For analysis of and discussion of the function of the robes, and for photos of such robes, see:
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