The traces of the first human inhabitation are found in Afghanistan around thirty millenniums ago. This ancient country has the main attraction of the historic pathway known as “Silk Road” that was the important passage for the human migration in this region. Centuries have gone away; the traditional and nomadic life style of the Afghani people has never changed. Courtesy to the geographic landscape of this landlocked country or to the instinct of self esteem in the Afghan nation, the ancient cultural and traditional values are still alive and preserved in Afghanistan. The main ethnic communities of Afghanistan are Pashtuns and Tajiks while the Hazara and Uzbeks are also significant in number.

The Afghan men wearing the traditional dress - Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Afghan men wearing the traditional dress - Image: Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The Pashtun people feel pride to follow “Pashtunwali” which is actually a non-written ethical codel of life and the rules of this code are part of the lives of the Pashtuns living in Afghanistan and Pakistan and also in some Pashtun communities around the world. The rest of the culture of Afghanistan is being dominated by the Persian and Turk influences. Honor, freedom, bravery and loyalty are the main features of this warrior nation. The tribal culture is a prominent factor of the Afghan lifestyle and there are numerous tribes existing in Afghanistan.

The Afghan folk musicians in their traditional costumes - Jeff Rozwadowski's Image

The Afghan folk musicians in their traditional costumes - Jeff Rozwadowski's Image

Having a complex and ancient historical background the traditional dress of Afghanistan has also gone through many variations and fashions. In Afghanistan, cotton and wool have remained the dominant fabrics used for dressing; however, for preparing the expensive dresses, rugs and carpets, silk was also an important raw material.

Afghan women wearing the traditional dresses - Asian Art Museum

Afghan women wearing the traditional dresses - Asian Art Museum

For the last three decades, the Taliban Afghans have imposed strict clothing regulations as the women had to wear long dress with a trouser as well as a Burqa on top to cover them from the head to the ankle. Men also had to wrap a hat or turban around their heads and keeping a long beard. Although the Afghan people have started to dress up with the clothing of their own choice for the last one decade, however, still in the particular areas of Taliban, the situation is not changed.

The Afghan ladies wearing the traditonal Burqa - Naeem Azizian's Image

The Afghan ladies wearing the traditonal Burqa - Naeem Azizian's Image

Nevertheless, the traditional dress of Afghanistan was very tremendous and elegant; especially the traditional women attire is so unique for its beautiful embroidery which is mostly handmade.

The traditional Afghan fabric - Zohalii Image

The traditional Afghan fabric - Zohalii Image

The women usually wear a long dress which is made with cotton fabric with a combination of various colors. For the lower part of the body, they use matching pants along with a head kerchief, a purse and a flat pair of shoes called Paizar.

An Afghan model presenting the traditional look - Mustafa Qazi's photo

An Afghan model presenting the traditional look - Mustafa Qazi's photo

As this country has remained a region of long lasting warfare, the invaders have also penetrated with the infliction of their own cultures.

A beautiful Afghani girl in exotic traditional costume - sar-kelandi's image

A beautiful Afghani girl in exotic traditional costume - sar-kelandi's image

Presently, the women of Afghanistan prefer to wear shirts with jeans or a “Shalwar Kameez” dress pretty much similar to Pakistani style. We can also see the women wearing a long ankle length skirt with a matching headdress.

An Afghan girl showing her traditional Afghan necklace - Mustafa Qazi's Image

An Afghan girl showing her traditional Afghan necklace - Mustafa Qazi's Image

For the outer clothing, especially in winter, the women wear the loose sleeveless and hip-length jackets.

An Afghani bride - AFGHANISTAN PASHTUNISTAN's Image

An Afghani bride - AFGHANISTAN PASHTUNISTAN's Image

The traditional dress for Afghan men is usually “Shalwar Kameez” which is also known as “Perahan Turban”. The dress is very popular as the large portion of the men population in Afghanistan wears this attire. The Afghan men wear “Shalwar Kameez” as their casual and also for their formal clothing. The dress is normally made with cotton and polyester but it can be made with the woolly fabric in winter. The new trends of decorating the dress with embroidery on the chest part and on the collar side are also very common. The Afghan men also use a “Waistcoat” worn over this dress to give their dress more dignified look.

An Afghan man wearing the traditional turban - Martien van Asseldonk's Image

An Afghan man wearing the traditional turban - Martien van Asseldonk's Image

Ther Afghan men also use diferent types of hats like turban, karakul, pakol, topi, kufi, and a chapan (coat). Occasionally some men wear or wrap a keffiyeh on their head.

A traditional Afghan man wearing the Pakol Cap - Ornella Bagnato

A traditional Afghan man wearing the Pakol Cap - Ornella Bagnato

The Afghan men in Kandhar also wear a traditional Kandhari cap which is simialr to Sindhi Topi worn in the province of Sindh, Pakistan.

An Afghan boy wearing the Kandhari Cap - From Afghanistan With LoveÙ‘

An Afghan boy wearing the Kandhari Cap - From Afghanistan With LoveÙ‘

In short, the traditional dress of Afghanistan is a phenomenal part of the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.

Some Afghan girls dancing in a cultural show wearing the traditional costumes - Chantalina

Some Afghan girls dancing in a cultural show wearing the traditional costumes - Chantalina

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