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Tajik national clothes

Published: 03 june 2013
Depending on the area of residence, traditional Tajik clothing differs only in details. So, men’s clothes consists of a wide cotton shirt, loose pants, robe, belt, skullcap and turban. Shirt was worn outside tying with belt. Also it was worn robe of color or striped cotton fabric. An important detail of the costume was knitted stockings - "dzhurab" and leather boots with soft soles - "choruk". In mountainous areas, men wore soft high boots, stockings - "mahsi", which were worn leather overshoes. Lightweight and unlined robe was worn in summer, and warm coat quilted to bottom was worn in winter.

  Skullcap is a headdress.  It was low conical cap decorated with colored embroidery. In the mountain area men wore turban. The square black skullcap with white embroidery became popular in XX century. Later it became a major part of women's headdress.

  Women's clothes had great similarities with the male, as also consisted of a shirt - "kurta" and trousers. Unlike the men's shirts, women's kurta was decorated with embroidery and it was longer. It could be one-color, bright and with patterns. Wide trousers were usually made of two types of tissue: the upper part was made of cotton fabric and the bottom - of the more expensive and elegant as it was visible from under shirt. Women didn’t have outerwear. They just wore warm robe and braided their hair.

  Going outside, the woman had to wear special clothes - the veil, which is a robe bag sewn behind the sleeves and black hair mesh in front. It was worn on the head hiding the figure and face. Paranja is a Muslim kind of clothes which came to the Tajiks with Islam. Despite this tradition was maintained by the clergy, it was hold only by residents of mountains area.

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