iran fashion

Tunic & Shawl 

Iran

1840-1870

Like other religious minorities in Iran, Zoroastrians were required to dress to identify their religion. They wore brightly coloured clothing and did not usually veil their faces. This created an obvious contrast with the outdoor clothing worn by Muslim women. A Zoroastrian woman would typically wear a tunic (qamis), together with loose trousers (shalvar) gathered at the ankle. These trousers were made from textile remnants because there were restrictions on Zoroastrians buying full widths of fabric. Women covered their heads with a small fitted cap (lachak), over which they would wrap several shawls around their head and shoulders.

Victoria and Albert Museum

A young Iranian Arab girl wearing traditional clothes with a tribal tattoo on her chin sitting next to hand woven baskets from Ahvaz, Khuzestan.

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Iran Fashion Week: Iranian women in Bandari traditional clothing from the city of Minab, Hormozgan. In Persian, bandari (بندری) translates to ‘of the port’ and is a term applied to the Persian Gulf cities of Iran and its inhabitants. The women are particularly known for their bright and colorful clothing along with their trademark intricate face masks which are uniquely designed to indicate their city of origin and/or ethnic group. The region is also known for its ethnic diversity which includes Afro-Iranians, Persians, Baloch, Arabs, Qashqai, Lurs and various other peoples.

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Qashqai (pronounced [qaʃqaːjiː]; also spelled Qashqa'i,Qashqay,’ Kashkai, Kashkay, Qashqayı, Gashgai, Gashgay, in Persian: قشقایی) is a conglomeration of clans in Iran consisting of mostly Turkic peoples but also Lurs, Kurds, and Arabs. Almost all of them speak a Western Oghuz Turkic dialect that they call Turki, as well as Persian (the national language of Iran) in formal use. The Qashqai mainly live in the provinces of Fars, Khuzestan, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Bushehr, and southern Isfahan, especially around the cities of Shiraz and Firuzabad in Fars. The majority of Qashqai people were originally nomadicpastoralists and some remain so today. The traditional nomadic Qashqai travelled with their flocks twice yearly to and from the summer highland pastures north of Shiraz roughly 480 km or 300 miles south to the winter pastures on lower (and warmer) lands near the Persian Gulf, to the southwest of Shiraz. The majority, however, have now become partially or wholly sedentary. The trend towards settlement has been increasing markedly since the 1960s.

The Qashqai are made up of five major tribes: the Amale (Qashqai) / Amaleh (Persian), the Dere-Shorlu / Darreh-Shuri, the Kashkollu / Kashkuli, the Shishbeyli / Sheshboluki, and the Eymur / Farsimadan. Smaller tribes include the Qaracha / Qarache'i, Rahimli / Rahimi, and Safi-Khanli / Safi-Khani.